Re-writing the overcode

Tweed, C (2013) Re-writing the overcode. In: Trans – what? Across and Beyond (Artistic) Research: Symposium, 28 July 2013, Supermarkt Creative Resource Centre, Berlin, Germany.

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This paper will present my PHD research project which looks at developing new models for artists to intervene in and subvert the new technologies of overcoding and their modes of transmission. The research interrogates how integrated capital has allowed for a complex form of social and environmental control to be realised resulting in what Brian Holmes has described as the ‘noosphere’, an invisible sphere beyond the earth’s biosphere of fibre optic cables and electromagnetic waves moving around us, tracking us and reacting to our actions. This noosphere modulates affect which is transmitted onto its users, triggering unconscious reactions and it signals a new form of human control over the environment and its mapping. It also allows for the production of a sort of capitalist meteorology that is able to unpack the simple mechanics of sociality and utilise them as a means for predicting patterns of behaviour. In response I have developed an underground fictional research site and a series a series of conceptual machines which act as models for potential modes of post-human agency that begin to test out approaches that are embedded in my use of video as a performative medium. These models focus on four key areas of exploration consisting of: Ecosophic Machines – which explore the potential of an ecosopic and vital materialist approach and look at Guattari’s ideas on geophilosophy where he notes that Integrated World Capital captures the unconscious and overcodes it at molecular level because its affects are so intense; Affective Machines – which think about the modulation of media and its affects and how the excess of affect has potential and the models focus on the use of rhythms, repetitions and intensities to explore this; Transmission Signal Machines – focus on redeploying the signal and its modulation devices to effect network transmissions and take on the voice of their components and algorithms that encode and decode data. They also look at how to expose the realities of transmission, with its abstract waves, movements, flows, intensities, vibrations and rhythms and how these can be mutated into new shapes; Panspectric machines – I have also identified that there is potential agency in modelling the explicit technologies and mechanisms that are utilised within panspectric systems of observation. My idea here is to look at how to appropriate the ideas behind these technologies and begin to mutate them so that they begin to undermine themselves.

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Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
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Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 11:03
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