Art methodologies in Media Ecology
Fuller, Matthew. 2008. Art methodologies in Media Ecology. In: Simon D. O'Sullivan and Stephen Zepke, eds. Deleuze, Guattari and The Production of the New. London: Continuum, pp. 45-55. ISBN 978-0826499530 [Book Section]No full text available
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Abstract or Description
Art is no longer only art. Its methods are recapitulated, ooze out and become feral in combination with other forms of life. Art methodologies convey art’s capacities to enact a live process in the world, launching sensorial particles and other conjunctions in ways and combinations that renew their powers of disturbance and vision. Art methodologies are a range of ways of sensing, doing and knowing generated in art that are now circulating more haphazardly, perhaps less systematically, and requiring of a renewed form of understanding in order to trace and develop them. Art methodologies are cultural entities, embodied in speech, texts, sounds, behaviours and the modes of connection between things that share and develop, work on, art’s capacity of disturbance and the multi-scalar engorgement of perception.
As art systems proliferate, sometimes clenching into magnificently puckered dots, at other times unraveling into torrents of work and of life, art methodologies shuttle back and forth between entities in art systems and other domains with a certain range of freedoms, encountering and staging constraints. The generation and circulation of art methodologies invokes a formation of art that is not a conservative system pushing a named, trimmed and dealt with few up the heights of a pyramid built on the mangled achievements of many others, the classic paradigm, but a system that condenses and spews out moments of relationality. This happens with no necessary connection to named entities such as author, piece, project, owner, artist, provenance.