Infiltration, decontextualisation, appropriation and hoax: Medium Reflective artworks in the age of electronic crowds

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  • Navigating Communities and Data

Presentation Title:

  • Infiltration, decontextualisation, appropriation and hoax: Medium Reflective artworks in the age of electronic crowds

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Abstract:

  • (Long paper)

    Keywords: Tactical Media, Infiltration, Friction, Transparency, Détournement, Public Space, Appropriation, Medium Reflective Artwork, Electronic crowd.

    This article analyzes different tactics used by contemporary artists usually interested in exploring our relationship with media and technology. It starts by acknowledging a desire for interactivity and transparency in contemporary society, art reception and in product and interface design. But it also recognizes a very particular techno-social context in contemporary occidental societies – the existence of an electronic crowd in which everyone appears permanently interconnected, receiving, producing and sending information. This context is considered here as a potential ground for artistic intervention and different medium reflective artworks/interventions are analyzed as examples of such aesthetic potential.

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