in this second discussion about the simulation issues the topics (the un-simulatable and the simulation of the senses) are very different, although related. In the remote and mediated communication some senses we normally use and that are very important in our everyday's life - like smell and touch - simply do not pass, they are not effective, are useless. While the simulation hugely involves the sight and the hear, which are the so called "superior senses", all the other sensory information is dropped out.
Asimple information about the chemical senses:
Many times we have heard about the need of restructuring and redefining the communication, a critique about "balancing" and discussing the communication's issues. Many important international events (like the almost concurrent Transmediale) seem devoted to the ethical issues of the communication. But maybe the problem is at a more general level, on the fact that from a sensory viewpoint the remote and mediated communication is poorer than the direct one because drops out an important part of the way we "get in touch" with each other. Hence we must admit we accepted to communicate more rapidly, over greater distance, in an increasingly affordable and economic way, but in exchange for an impoverished communication.
On the other side, in a world where the information is extensively simulated by the mass media and the new media - a topic debated in our first discussion last year in Yasmin - is there anything which can't enter the realm of simulation, which can't be simulated, hence reduced - since the simulation is always a reduction of the phenomenon which is being simulated? So what is un-simultable? And why?
What are the artist doing in this direction?
Some more info later!
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