CAMP, or the love of technology

CAMP talk at the New Museum, New York
Friday 22nd July, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Lets bring some things back to the table: media/ mediation, technology, collaboration... all things between things. Since we realize that mediation is everywhere, and is not just a feature of new media or electronic forms. The sea is a medium for trade and for piracy, an organisation (such as CAMP) is a medium for what "messages" it can produce, electricity is a medium for not only energy, personal consumption and family life, but also global struggles around raw materials and distribution infrastructure.

How to make art that nestles in such a world, and tries to influence it? Our own approach has been to work with the ideologies, affordances and breaking points of "media" ranging from cycle rickshaws, wooden ships, state records, web browsers, basic infrastructures like water and electricity, to institutional environments such as CCTV control rooms and archives.  The capacities of these mediums are called upon to transmit, evoke or construct a larger, less instrumental world, despite the medium's own tendency towards invisibility.

This talk, screening and discussion consists of five proposals to go past the impoverished metaphor of "networks", and ask what a more full-blooded love of technology could look like: for art, collectivity and politics.

Discussant: Gunalan Nadarajan

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