Panel: Unsitely Aesthetics: the Reconfiguring of Public Space in Electronic Art
Drawing on Guy Debord’s notions of the derive and detournement, as well as Oulipean concepts of potentiality and becoming, this paper will engage with the author’s recent experiments in redefining urban space as aesthetic space. It will offer a critical engagement with the author’s detourned experience of the chance identification of potential, or accidental art in the streets of Melbourne and Rome, a commentary upon emergent sitings of art in unsitely places. It will also argue for an alternative conception of art installation beyond the situatedness of the gallery, using GPS satellite co-ordinates to direct local and remote visitors to simultaneously engage with unsitely aesthetics in both cities, thereby extending both telematically and aesthetically the notion of what art and installation can become.
- Darren Tofts is Professor of Media and Communications, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, AU. His publications include Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History, Illogic of Sense: The Gregory L. Ulmer Remix, Memory Trade: A Prehistory of Cyberculture, Parallax: Essays on Art, Culture and Technology and Interzone: Media Arts in Australia.
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