Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Really Loose Working Thesis Outline

AAAA. By way of defining net art and its antecendents

1. visualizing world wide communications before 1980 (background chapter)
Eduardo Kac: Chapter 1, Moholy Nagy, Roy Ascott, telephone art
. The rise of telematic (net) art
1. Media arts within the oeuvre of cultural production before 1980
2. Beyond Modern Sculpture
3. Net Art today
but before we got too far into the aesthetics of telecommunications, let us step back for a moment and consider other types of networks, the expanded realm that inform current trends in electronic art. (architecture, relational art, virtuality, observer dependancy, raaf)
2. colonialization, civilization, literacy and world economics
the meaning of networks
Carey, etc.
redefining the idea of networks in the age of ubiquity, universalism (modernism)
3. towards universal agency (from experimental to ubiquitous and back again)
C. Bruno LaTour (We Have Never Been Modern)
4. telepresence (being there),
5. interactive art and videogames (hegemony) simulation
6. Postal history as an economic and media history (November Intro Thesis)
1. postal system, defined
2. relationship of postal system to worldwide transportation infrastructure

The implicit duality and hybridity of virtuality (investigation chapter)
4). Transmodern Art and Virtual Communities
A. Artistamps and virtual worlds
1. imaginary places
2. worldbuilding
3. cyberspace
B. Public art and political realities

second life, is full of algorithms and contingency
literary virtual worlds
text as technology
The transformation of television 1980-2010
the role of the integrated circuit
Operating systems and cultire machines "Software show" - Shencken
the changing conception of art, 1890 to 1990
techno culture as popular culture
network theory+visual culture=mail art
Investigation --
(Spike) high-performance computing and communication + performance art
(Instant Copies) virtual worlds + media archaeology
(Glimmer) media sculpture + network theory
(Andyland) physical communication + semiotics

CCCC. Building an imaginary world-system (or
A. From post riders to conceptual art (conclusion chapter)
1. from Spreading the News (John) to Elizabeth Heuer
2. conceptual art
3. the early failures of modernism
B. Fluxus and mail art
1. Fluxus vs. Pop art: two strategies
2. subverting the gallery system
3. George Maciunus and ephermerality
4. Ray Johnson: the New York Correspondence School
3). Interdisciplinary Media Theory as Critical Theory
A. Conceptual art and cybernetics
1. impact on media theory
2. impact on critical theory
3. new interdisciplinary directions
B. Dialogic (Bakhtin) and Manovich’s esperanto (Also Kac dialogic)
1. media art and agency
2. semiotics and purpose in Bakhtin and Manovich
C. Marshall McLuhan
1. reception in the 60s
2. rise of secondary literature on McLuhan
3. applied McLuhan

DDDD. Addendum: Media History, Media Theory and Media Design in Art Education
EEEE. Andyland Book and compendium