Just by chance I spotted Adam Weinberg at the opening of the 2005 Venice Biennale, high atop the floating WPS1 Venice radio station, having a pleasant afternoon cocktail chat, I would suppose, with a few of his art world comrades. It was an utterly sublime scene to say the least, enough to give anyone outside of this inside crowd a healthy dose of FOMO. Actually, the gentleman on the left looks eerily like Jeff Bezos, but who knows… all is serene & swell on the Grand Canal.
A thousand threads of pulsations + fragmentation course through from the Machine. All around + over + under, it seems to travel onwards and outwards. Sudden bursts of pure mediated energy resounds from deep inside of somewhere or nowhere from some unknown place in the ambient space.
TRUMPologically speaking, the release of the Mueller Report is an unrestrained (if not unredacted) accounting of the excess of narcissistic compulsive behavior. Mueller once and for all puts into stark relief the President’s monumental denial to acknowledge an ocean of intelligence that the country he “leads” was under Russian attack.
“We must create at the same scale as we can destroy.” – Kit Galloway & Sherrie Rabinowitz
These prescient words by media artists Kit Galloway & Sherrie Rabinowitz, originally coined in the late 1970s, are even more appropriate and urgent today. Their call-to-action was a direct challenge to artists to embrace the “emerging environment” of satellite telecommunications by scaling their work to confront the enormity of late 20th century global crises.
I ride steadily the torrent of saturated noise and electronic debris, peering ahead into the vastness of the vacuum the river creates in its path, observing from this vantage point the utter strangeness and intoxicating exhilaration of the rush opening up before me.
In Michael Shamberg’s epic manifesto on the emergence of radical television in the late 1960s/early 1970s, you could just as well replace ‘television’ with ‘networked media’ to chronicle the ongoing struggle between the individual and the control systems of technological power. The battle has been waging for generations against the establishment media, whether it be broadcast television or the corporate behemoths who today rule our global telecommunications.