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R. Luke DuBois, Composer/Artist, New York

How to Type Fast and Influence People

November 3, 2008; 63 Minutes; Video

There are people in every culture who will strive to utilize the maximum level of technology available to them to make art. If you repeat this to yourself enough every day, then genres of new media, computer art, algorithmic composition, interactive performance, etc., reveal themselves as the conceptual prisons they truly are, and the artist finds the freedom to be sui generis. If we define artistic and compositional practice historically as an evolution of new ways of seeing and hearing, then it’s no surprise that in an information age artists find themselves preoccupied with the informatics behind our cultural discourse, and take command of the tools necessary to grasp the data that surrounds us.

This talk looked at the practice of making art that comments on our cultural capital in a world in which we are bombarded by information. To look at modern life is to gaze upon the interaction of subjectively charged messages; finding the metaphors linking data and art, sight and sound, music and architecture, urban fabrics and mediatized romance, intimacy and improvisation, is all about filtering, mapping, transcoding, and interpreting what goes on around us everyday . . . in other words, the kinds of things artists have always done.