"The artist is always engaged in writing a detailed history of the future because he is the only person aware of the nature of the present. […] The ability of the artist to sidestep the bully blow of technology of any age, and to parry such violence with full awareness is age-old. […] The artist is the man in any field, scientific or humanistic, who grasps the implications of his actions and of new knowledge in his own time. He is the man of integral awareness."
"To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now."
I believe technology is humanity’s latest frontier; the internet, its most recent form of avant-garde. My scholarly and practice-based research exist in the interstices between real and virtual, analog and digital. As a technological explorer with a background in the performing arts, I stage artistic digital-interventions exploring the performance of identity online, the digital preservation of live performance, and the affective potentialities of digital technology. My work creates a space for dialoging about community, identity, and ethical responsibility—both online and IRL.
For the artist, it is no small responsibility to live up to both McLuhan and Beckett’s expectations. Beckett is correct, the world is certainly a mess right now, but I do not believe making accommodations is the answer. The transition from analog to digital is a messy one, wrought with feelings of nostalgia and a glorification of “simpler times.” The artist’s task is not to accommodate the mess, but rather to challenge the status-quo by harnessing the world-making power of new-media and digital-technology. It is only through actively staging artistic interventions, rather than “opting-out,” that artists may hope to sidestep the bully blow of technology and parry such violence with full-awareness. This approach to technology is not idealistic. This approach to technology is not naively optimistic. This approach to technology—my approach to technology—is both realistic and proactive.