Beauchamp Art

B.S. Beauchamp / Critical and Creative Practice

Thoughts on: Technological Integration

Something like Google Glass may inevitably be used as a further means of advertising as the technology becomes a compulsory part of the every day life in order to interpret the world that has been engineered around constant heads-up displays. Any chance of escaping such media becomes a decreasingly possible as man’s dependence grows on them. The technology may have to change drastically before this integration is so, Google Glass may loose its name, become a contact lens of a cybernetic implant, but the idea of a digital media perpetually implanted into the visual field may very well prevail.

This can be seen in a range of technological developments, whether that be the current trend towards Internet dependence in order to keep track of the increasing speed of information exchange, or more historically with the motor-vehicle and the need to transport goods or individuals between places; through international trade, and so forth, or more anthropologically, in order for geographically larger communities to be able to physically network. Though it must be understood that these are manufactured needs. However, as they become perceived as pivotal, they are psychosomatically transposed from wants to physiological needs. They climb Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

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Photos: Unexpected Reconstitution [Esc]

Unexpected Reconstitution [Esc]

Unexpected Reconstitution [Esc] - 1

Unexpected Reconstitution [Esc] – 1

Photos taken on one camera of a second camera’s display screen whilst photographing glitches from YouTube displayed on a computer screen.

This piece incorporates a number of mediating techniques and “systematically distorted communication” [During, 2007: 100], such as taking the photo from the preview screen of another camera, commenting on the photographer’s gaze and the hyper-abundance of photography, in the “current era of cheap and ubiquitous cameras.” [Ritchin, 2013:128], as well the distortion of the image and unreliability of the content epitomised by the glitch, which naturally expresses “themes of failure, corruption, loss of memory, and brokenness in all its forms.” [Khaikin, 2014] This, within the context of appropriated footage from the ever-expanding unfiltered YouTube (as “over four billion hours of video are watched there every month” [Ritchin, 2013: 29] navigating this mass without some form of digital error is improbable) using footage from a fantasy film, exemplifying “Joyce called an “allnights newsery reel,” that substitutes a “reel” world for reality.” [McLuhan, 1964:193]

Though practically speaking, these are relatively straightforward images, they draw on a number of cultural and philosophical sources, informing practical responses to these themes effectively, whilst also producing aesthetic-driven images for a visual culture, picture for the late-stages of the ‘society of the spectacle.

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Weekly Summary – 3.2.14 – 9.2.14

I have concluded that I primarily use Art as a catalyst for discussion, rather than discussion catalytically for Art, though both feed off one another circularly; the audience’s response is more pivotal than the piece itself. I may never be a great artist, but if I can provoke conversation effectively – with others or within my own writing – then I shall be content.
My practical work has slowed, though I am applying the ‘Just A Minute’ rules to essay-writing; no Deviation, Hesitation, or Repetition (except when mentioning key terms from the title/question).
Moreover, the Critical writing workshop was especially useful along side researching articles, though the Gallery talk moved me little.

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