After the Tunnel : on shifting ontology and ethology of the emerging art-subject

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPresented - Oct 2020

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TitleISEA2020
LocationOnline
PlaceCanada
CityMontreal
Period13 - 18 October 2020

Abstract

Presented during ISEA1995, the Tunnel Under the Atlantic is an artwork that Maurice Benayouon conceived at the time as a manifesto supporting virtuality as a medium. 25 years later, we propose a new understanding of the work and its emergence along with a reconfiguration of the ontological status of contemporary media art. Rather than a mere object, as defined by normalized code of representation, artworks can now be characterized as a subject with operational sensitivities that allow complex reactive behaviors. Real-Time processing of information has played a major role in this mutation. Virtuality - understood as design of the potentialities of the work - sensors and other input devices keeping the work aware of the existence of its ‘public’ and environment seem to have converted the interactive artwork into a sentient entity, empowered with perceptive functionalities and new cognitive capacities: memory, artificial intelligence, and intentionality. This transductive process leading to the evolution of the original art-object into the art-subject announces an expansion of what is considered the artwork’s milieu and potentiality. More recent works of Benayoun help us to envision the next steps in this evolution: opening the ontology of art further towards its subjective capacities and possible dynamic implications in society.

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After the Tunnel : on shifting ontology and ethology of the emerging art-subject. / BENAYOUN, Maurice; Ag, Tanya Toft.

2020. ISEA2020, Montreal, Canada.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)33_Other conference paperpeer-review