Miranda July Interview: ‘We Think Alone’ Delivers Intimate Emails To Your Inbox (INTERVIEW)
Miranda July is a filmmaker, Performance artist, and writer who created a participatory work called We Think Alone. The project requirements focused on getting a diverse group of people friends or famous acquaintances the artist wanted to get to know better, to submit old emails under certain genres given by the artist over time. The process revealed private messages to the public. Submissions were edited by the submitters keeping privacy part of the work, this caused the idea of self portraiture through the emails to be clearer.
I believe that the process of getting people to reveal private sides of them selves through old emails was very interesting, even though submissions can be edited before had it still says something about the person about there personality being more reserved. Giving the audience genres on what subject matter to submit made it easier to feel free to participate. If left to just submit general emails the effect might not of been the same. each submission became a self portrait of the person giving off different types of impressions to the viewers.
Would you easily participate in such an activity?
In the article Interactive and Participatory art written by Meg Floryan it explains how over time the relation ship between the viewer and the art or even artist has evolved. Many works have always involved a participatory element in the experience of analyzing the work, but now work involve more than just the mental stimulus of the viewers. In a piece done by Marina Abramovic’s Just-Closed retrospective at MoMA. The work of art is the experience between the voluntary viewer who sits cross from the artist. these are works where the concept is the art and can only exist with the participation of the audience. The evolution of the genre of art goes hand in hand with how the article says this generation is “plugged in” and “expects instant gratification”.
I do believe that because technology has evolved, Participation in art has also evolved. when you look back to earlier times more art was to tell history and show status. then grew to contemplate the emotion is created. Work was always about the subject whether it be an idea emotion or event the artist wished to convey with a boundary between the art/artist and its audience, but now the work can be about the interactive experience and emotion between artist/ art and its audience. Kinda of how we can now interact with people across the globe through our online networks, there are no boundaries to keeping in touch with friends or relatives that live far away.
Do you like art that lets you become part of the work or prefer to only view the work and not be connected to it?
Wikipedia defines Post digital as the result of our rapidly changed and changing relationships with new technology, where the attitude is focused towards the human experience by using digital technology to communicate with the audience in a high tech approach. The art is created for interaction, also using collaboration. Reaching to the level of art in science, technology, and human consciousness.
In the article The Post media Perspective, Domenico Quaranta describes his book:
“Postmedia art is the art that comes after the affirmation of the media; and given that the impact of the media is universal and computers can now simulate all other media, all contemporary art is postmedia”……. “There is no longer any painting outside and beyond the media experience. There is no longer any sculpture outside and beyond the media experience. There is no longer any photography outside and beyond the media experience.”
Post digital in my understanding is the result of having become fully immersed into a world of ever growing technology and focusing on how to bridge the technology twith And Postmedia is art work created after having experienced art that was made using new media. but the terms New Media Art and Postmedia still confuse me a bit, which explains why Quaranta says the terms still need to be identified.
Remediation was a term written about by Jay Bolter & Richard to define how one media can influence another, changing its identity. Remediation is not only the refashioning of older media by newer media, but can also be the reverse were the old can influence the new. One good example is work done by William Kentridge whose work in animated films. Kentridge’s work is a process of drawing and erasing on a single sheet of paper while photographing his progress to create a stop motion film. He use’s charcoal, an old drawing medium, giving a new look to animation in his process.
Remediation was an unfamiliar term to a some what familiar process that appears in the studios of fellow art students or in visiting artist exhibitions over the years. Kentridge was one of the artists brought up as an example for a Narrative Illustration class i took a while back, but just as it did, when i first encountered the process of remediation or reverse remediation, it is still quite fascinating. There is definitely more to explore when the doors of remediation are open.
Is Remediation in art something you would choose to explore outside of a course project?