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Eric Souther

ART Habens

hybrid techniques that on the long run will definitely fill any dichotomy between art and technology, that will eventually going to assimilate one to each other... what's your opinion about it?

As a media artist I don’t see a dichotomy between art and technology. I was recently asked by my good friend Jason Bernagozzi to be on a panel proposal titled “Old Media is New Media”, which is about the “increasing interest in creating hybrid expression in contemporary media art using the medium specific language of older technologies.” The topic for me is about a philosophical way of working that been lost to many as a result of today’s corporate creative software. It’s a struggle to go against the defaults, or challenge what is possible, when there a huge drive towards mastering ways of making that are prescribed to us by companies like Adobe. I challenge my students in every class to play and experiment with their current tools and I believe it gives them not only problem solving skills, but a deeper relationship with technology. This allows them to adapt to new technologies and also hopefully work towards building their own tools or if not, repurposing or misusing current tools to their advantage. There is a lot to be learned from older technologies and creating hybrid techniques, which I agree is a trend as you mention. Specifically to my field analog systems can help us understand the importance of play and experimentation. I have developed interactive systems on the computer via Max/MSP and Jitter and recently Processing; however, being introduced to analog systems during my residency at Signal Culture in 2014, opened my eyes to an aspect of what I mention is missing in today’s contemporary technologies. Developing interactive systems on the computer entails a certain level of tediousness and logic that is a

a point of convergence between digital and analog techniques. In the contemporary age, the pervasive presence of digital manipulation has got us used to the idea that the only possible direction we could move to is an ever growing saturation of

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