This Space and How It’s ART

My intention here is to create an art space for things global, regional, and local as they relate to our personal experience as human beings. Living, as humans do, within worlds of our own creation, the line between what is art and what is life is indistinct, unclear, and its boundaries are ineluctably blurred – especially today.Interactive opportunities to observe, comment, receive feedback, and respond allow this space to become something unique and for it to have lasting value for its participants. Communication that straddles the line between art and life makes that line a distinct subtext of every entry. An art space is created and maintained online.I’ve been doing this type of thing anonymously on the Internet for the past 20 years – using various pseudonyms for authorship. I do this for many reasons. The main one has to do with the notion that the Internet is a totally new medium, thoroughly unencumbered by the requirements, procedures, and processes of earlier media. And I see my work as collaborative and participatory at its base. The Internet was and still remains an interactive space – one in which participatory and collaborative creation rules.I also see the hallmark of modernist notions of authorship and aesthetic creation as dominated by the individual ego, fed by sociocultural, political, and economic forces that offer up not forms of unique individual expression but – in reality – mediated ones. What I’m doing now is working to bring some of these strands together in a place that has always been very close to my life and my work – this town and this region. The world has shrunk down to the distance between two hyperlinks on a video screen. We can access the entire breadth of human experience as a series of electronic artifacts. We gain infinite breadth but lack anywhere near comparable depth. That’s another byproduct of hyperspace – and one that needs to be worked on in order for this new dimension of experience to be truly valuable to each of us.Conflating human experience down to hypertext requires remediation. It is our challenge and our opportunity to bring personal depth to our global experience. And the place where all depth resides is inside of our very selves. Our personal, local, regional experiences are the foundation of our humanity. Each one of us eventually publishes something on the Internet – whether via websites, instant messaging, e-mail, or forums and bulletin boards. We’re surrounded by and immersed in media worlds. Our lives reflect aesthetic experience more than they ever have. We create ourselves anew in the image of our experience, both internal and external.Local artists and writers reach global audiences instantaneously today. Global media brings aesthetic experience into our homes at an increasingly rapid rate. I’ve had countless opportunities to meet, interact with, and collaborate with artists both local and far from home. I avail myself of opportunities to view their production and to pass word of it and its implications on to you here. What can come from this has something to do with the sources I outlined above but it also has much to do with interactivity. Comments and responses from readers, artists, audiences, and community events organizers will provide feedback and direction as well.Feel free to pass word of ARTology on to your friends and to hyperlink your way here. You’ll find an interactive space where global and personal art and life intermingle, revealing themselves as connected, simultaneous, and continuous.*Image: “Our Place From Space,” Tullio Francesco DeSantis, 2005, digitally manipulated satellite imagery, Reading, Pennsylvania and surrounding region.*

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