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Re: <eyebeam><blast> art dead

I don't want to talk about death, although I can't control it. Death can
be just before or after a comma or period (in writing), but cyberspace
doesn't face death.

To practice (contemporary) art is to touch death, even if we do not want
it, it is beyond the artist's control (the one who says _I_). It is in
your hands to type the five letters of that word (_you_ come to the art
object as _I_ intend to finish my complete disappearance).

So, does "no death in cyberspace" mean "no art in cyberspace"? For
contemporary art-life startegies survive from actually experiencing the
world (even if with phenomenology's actual crisis we now are facing the
phenomenology of the concept), always re-conecting the flux of life.
Fighting for life is part of everyday practice, linking ethics &
aesthetics (pointing to health as an aim).

To discuss about art in the net we should know something about life and
death in the net, but so far those two positions doesn't exist here, as
we face an altered state, bio-info-graphic (or something alike).

As a consequence, it makes that art in the net should constitute a being
by itself, feeding from the web, growing, spliting, flowing, etc, in
cyberspace, perhaps in fact achieving modernist (scaring?) dreams of
absolute autonomy.

But we can simply use the net to talk about art, as happy as we can,
coming to the computer after a hard working day at our studios, and
discuss what we did there!

The question is not asking if art is dead, but if, in a domain beyond
life/death like cyberspace, is there yet possibility for something
beyond art, closer to another quality of affect?

Where should you/we go?

Ricardo Basbaum
Rio de Janeiro

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