The Ritournelles of the Digitisation in Art

Yildirim, Aysegul. 2017. 'The Ritournelles of the Digitisation in Art'. In: sIREN Conference 2017: Arts and Digital Practices. Edinburgh College of Art, United Kingdom 30-31 May 2017. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The mutation of existing ways of knowing and forms of enquiry has been escalating thanks to the ubiquitous digitisation. Strands of contemporary Italian Autonomism and French thought offer one of the most insightful critiques of this process. This presentation was based on this critique, reflecting on the conditions which enable us to speak of the ‘conspiracy’ (Baudrillard) or the ‘accident’ (Virilio) of art. It employed DeleuzoGuattarian concept of the refrain, or Ritournelle, as a useful tool to qualify the characteristics of the ubiquitous digitisation, intertwined with semiocapitalism, in artistic practices. It discussed the refrains around main themes such as the disappearance of aesthetics (and vice versa), cancellation of mediation, and the demise of 'affectus'.

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digitisation, contemporary art, ritournelles, refrains, capital, affectus

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30 May 2017Completed
31 May 2017Accepted

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Edinburgh College of Art, United Kingdom

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30-31 May 2017

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09 May 2019 08:10

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10 May 2019 23:34


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