What’s left? The critique of digital life in hyper-digital music video
How to deal with digitalization? Several aesthetic developments have emerged over the past few years in the laboratory called music video. These developments could be filed under the term “post-digital.” On the one hand, the videos show tendencies to avoid the look of the digital by going analog and retro, or, on the other hand, just the opposite, by stressing the fact of digital artificiality, exposing and over-affirming it by being hyper-digital.
In the past two years, hyper-digital music videos have not only shown and praised the potential and power of the digital – which has been done before in music videos as well –, but they have shown how the digital infects our lives, our conditions of living, our identity (or whatever is the rest of it), making the digital and its effects on our lives the main subject itself.
Alongside some examples the lecture will present these recent developments, made with digital tools in a masterful and ultra-skilled way to question just what comes out: digitalism. So the critic of digitalism comes in an over-affirmative way, the hyper-digital, and that is what is new about this development, connecting it to philosophical tendencies like accelerationism.
Release „The Audiovisual Breakthrough“
Visual music, expanded cinema, live cinema, VJing, live audiovisual performance—these are concepts enough to create some confusion in the wide realm of today’s artistic audiovisual production. While each of these concepts is widely propagated and suggestive of its own line of history and shared practices, they are not as yet sufficiently defined for theoretical debate and clear practical use. To untangle this confusion was the aim of our project, The Audiovisual Breakthrough, which brought together six international researchers to solve the problem in a collaborative effort. This book is the result. Its main purpose is to make the entangled complexities of the field manageable by putting forth and elaborating on definitions for the five main concepts named above. The theoretical texts are complemented by the design of the book, a graphic take on audiovisuality that includes visualizations of the results from an international survey among the practitioners in the field of audiovisual (art) practices. This book is addressed to artists, curators, researchers, students, and teachers within these practices, and to anyone working at their intersection with other fields of knowledge.
The Audiovisual Breakthrough
Ana Carvalho, Cornelia Lund (eds.)
Contributions by Ana Carvalho, Eva Fischer, Cornelia Lund, Gabriel Menotti and Adeena Mey
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