The present study traces the process of dematerialisation and fragmentation of what is commonly referred to as art work, or else, all processes and artefacts at the heart of artistic practices in contemporary visual arts, ruled on the one hand by technological advancements in production and sharing of images, and on the other – by changes in the attitude to the very definition of art. Specifically, the focus is on issues those processes pose to traditional notions such as original, copy and their related matters of space, time, media, in turn leading on to positioning author and audience.
Remix culture looks like free of charge dematerialised culture for all. The unprecedented by scale online creativity echoes the utopian ambitions manifested by various artistic avant-garde on democratisation of aesthetic experiences, the participation of the audience in the creative process, the free transfer of cultural objects and contents between contexts, the abandonment of genre, form or expression limitations, between codes of high and low culture, in brief – between art and life. Seemingly where avant-garde has failed today's techno-media succeed. Except that these dematerialised cultural objects (having once headed for the avant-garde strategy of resistance) in the longer run turn out to be perfectly adapted to the post-Fordist phase of capitalism and new economies.
Institute for Contemporary Art - Sofia
16.5 / 23 cm
With 29 color illustrations and summary in English
Editors: Diana Popova, Kiril Prashkov
English translation: Lyubov Kostova