Data Trash


Session Title:

  • Compumorphic Art – The Computer as Muse

Presentation Title:

  • Data Trash




  • Panel: Compumorphic Art: The Computer as Muse

    Data Trash looks crit­i­cally at the evo­lu­tion of the on­line in­ter­face and its ap­pro­pri­a­tion back into ob­ject based ar­ti­facts, clar­i­fy­ing the piv­otal place of the net­work in our cul­tural realm.  Archiv­ing and the doc­u­men­tary have come to the fore in many are­nas of arts prac­tice, and the web has changed print de­sign for­ever. Net­worked art how­ever has often re­lied on non-stan­dard soft­ware and hard­ware, glitches, and happy ac­ci­dents, but archives usu­ally only re­tain works which are easy to con­serve, be­cause they use com­mon and sta­ble for­mats. With the cer­tainty of cor­rup­tion, mu­ta­tion and decay, on­line art as­sumes the man­tle of data trash.  In re­sponse a mu­tant field of mi­gra­tory prac­tice emerged from cul­ture. Artists started pro­duc­ing sta­tic arte­facts from the ephemeral on­line world in me­dias such as em­broi­dery, paint­ings, draw­ings, en­grav­ing, sculp­tures, ma­chin­ima, etch­ings and vinyl records.  Oddly these mi­gra­tions to other media have a ready-made fu­ture while the ephemeral coded works they are de­rived from do not.

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