Collapse: Clouds of affective dust

Keane, Jondi and Ednie-Brown, P 2014, Collapse: Clouds of affective dust, in Clouds and Molecular Aesthetics : Proceeding from 2014 Transdiciplinary Imaging Conference, Leonardo Electronic Almanac Publications, [Istanbul, Turkey], pp. 1-12.

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Title Collapse: Clouds of affective dust
Author(s) Keane, JondiORCID iD for Keane, Jondi
Ednie-Brown, P
Conference name Transdisciplinary Imaging. Conference (2014 : Istanbul, Turkey)
Conference location Istanbul, Turkey
Conference dates 2014/6/26 - 2014/6/29
Title of proceedings Clouds and Molecular Aesthetics : Proceeding from 2014 Transdiciplinary Imaging Conference
Editor(s) Thomas, P
Aceti, L
Colless, E
Publication date 2014
Conference series Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Leonardo Electronic Almanac Publications
Place of publication [Istanbul, Turkey]
Summary All objects emerge from a cloud of activities, virtual pressures and situated encumbrances that precede their status as finished things. Once emerged, traces of their history linger in the object, signposting a range of past and future potentials that are largely inaccessible – or just unnoticed. Objects, in short, always shimmer with connections beyond themselves, through which they are part of ecologies that render them both meaningful and active. We would call this shimmering their ‘abstract life’. However, this life is rarely identified overtly, and tends to linger in the background, rendering their shimmering vitality more mute than manifest. This paper is interested in how that abstract life can become palpably evident though various forms of collapse, where a fallout throws a kind of dust into the lingering cloud – offering visibility, or material presence, to the otherwise largely invisible, abstract life of things. We will touch upon a series of examples, from the World Trade Centre collapse in the attacks of 2001, to the collapse of computational operations and perceptual models. These examples will lead toward experiments in image making – specifically through using panorama software applications on the iPhone – in which a collapse of the programmed panoramic logic creates ‘glitches’, throwing into question the status of the image and their relationship to perception, amongst other things. These experiments will be discussed in order to demonstrate how collapse might operate as a specific technique inside diverse creative practices (from image making to making architecture). By generating clouds of affective dust, related techniques can bring the abstract ‘life’ of objects flickering into the foreground, allowing the agency of the inanimate to shine.
Language eng
Field of Research 190103 Art Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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