“Art, Media, and Power” presented by Kluszczynski


Session Title:

  • Politics, Art & Society

Presentation Title:

  • Art, Media, and Power



  • Art is always a product and a response to the challenge of its social and technological surroundings. The state of civilization has a great impact on consciousness which is a base for art activities since we are being constantly transformed by our own inventions (de Kerckhove). This process of transformations creates also a new, widened environment for human beings, in which the biosphere has been complemented by the technosphere. Nowadays, we are facing an enormous development of digital information and communication technologies. Together with numerous phenomena which are the products of activities belonging to the bio-technosphere, those technologies build a complex corpus named cyberculture. In this context art has an important, critical role to play. Especially (multi)media art can serve as experimental laboratory, not only for new technologies but, first of all, for studies on the new social relationships created or encouraged by those technologies. Media and multimedia information and communication technologies bring along new problems, questions and threats. Art, on the other hand, undertakes efforts to examine this newly arising area which is at present often called a post-biological syndrome (Ascott). To say this in other words, artists not only use media technologies, but also examine them in this sense, the new (multi)media art can be considered as a successor of the avant-garde movement. And since media technologies are first of all means of communication, the reflection on the medium leads in a natural way to the reflection on the processes of social communication, and on the new communities built on those processes. Expressing their doubts and anxieties artists ask about an impact of media technologies on social communication, roles and identities. They also ask about consequences of the development of virtual worlds. Overcoming the social fear of the technological world their works question in the same time the Utopia of the Electronic Paradise.


    Full text p. 31-33

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