[ISEA2011] Panel: Ale­jan­dro Schi­anchi – Error in Au­dio­vi­sual Ap­pa­ra­tus as Aes­thetic Value

Panel Statement

Panel: The Matter with Media

An error seems to be that which gets be­tween the ideal being and the real being; the error ap­pears to be a sin­gu­lar­ity, a Non-be­ing that trans­forms and dis­torts the Being. Au­dio­vi­sual tech­niques, tech­nolo­gies, de­vices and media try to sup­press er­rors; how­ever, an ide­o­log­i­cal and aes­thetic pos­si­bil­ity hides be­hind the use of er­rors. A fail­ure in an ap­pa­ra­tus pro­gram often sends back a faulty image or a sound which can­not be oth­er­wise con­ceived. Lim­its are blurred, and we are faced with the naked truth,with­out at­tires or pre­tenses. We re­ceive data, waves, and ex­posed in­for­ma­tion ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­fi­cial mech­a­nism which con­stantly de­fines it­self in its errors. This is what makes an error unique, rev­o­lu­tion­ary and beau­ti­ful, and there lies its value. A short cir­cuit in an ap­pli­ance builds a new and un­pre­dictable world that is em­braced by the artis­tic field as one more aes­thetic el­e­ment.

  • Ale­jan­dro Schi­anchi, the­o­rist, pro­fes­sor, and artist, lives in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina. He is cur­rently pur­su­ing a Mas­ter’s de­gree in Elec­tronic Arts. Hav­ing grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Cin­ema wiht a B.A. in Cin­e­matog­ra­phy, he’s also an Elec­tronic Tech­ni­cian in Com­put­ers. Pro­fes­sor in sev­eral fields in the Elec­tronic Arts ca­reer at the Uni­ver­sity of Tres de Febrero, has also taught at the Uni­ver­sity of Buenos Aires in the Fac­ulty of Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign, Uni­ver­sity of Cin­ema, Cievyc and Uni­ver­sity Maimónides. He has made in­stal­la­tions, videos, pho­tog­ra­phy, videosculp­tures, per­for­mances, and has shown his works in Ger­many, USA, Canada, Spain, Ro­ma­nia, Den­mark, Slove­nia, Peru, Brazil, and in the most well know places in Ar­gentina. Ale­jan­dro won a men­tion in the Limbo award of Elec­tronic and New Media prize in con­junc­tion with the Es­pa­cio Fun­dación Telefónica and the Buenos Aires Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. Has made pre­sen­ta­tions about Art & Tech­nol­ogy in ‘Cátedra UN­ESCO de Tur­ismo Cul­tural’, AAMNBA, 2009; ‘Me­dida Ital­iana: Videoarte Ital­iano’, Es­pa­cio Fun­dación Telefónica, 2010; ‘GLI.TC/H’, Chicago, USA, 2010; ‘Pur­suit: Fail­ure Sym­po­sium’, Berlin, Ger­many, 2010, among oth­ers. schianchi.com.ar

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