[ISEA2010] Paper: Harry Smoak – Your Participation Not Required: Machinic Performances


This presentation draws from a behavioralist perspective of artistic activities in relation to theories of cultural development. Insights found here, the author will argue, may be profitably introduced into current discussions considering how new technologies create new problems for research practices regarded experimentally. Proceeding thusly, the author will consider the relevance of this kind of experimentalism for developing new techniques of cultural
production, in particular the development of a ‘speculative rhetoric’ for new media (here considered generously). A number of recent examples will be considered, including those drawn from the author’s own artistic work revolving around dynamical and computational media systems.

  • Harry Smoak (CA) is a media researcher and producer based in Montreal developing new forms of content in partnership with clients in areas of cultural production, architectural design, and entertainment. He is also a doctoral student and part-time faculty member in Fine Arts at Concordia University.

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