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The work of art in the time of technogenesis

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In our current environment the digital screen has become part of the daily rhythm of work and play. Yet as those digital screens become more refined and flatter they also approach the form and presence of a painted surface. A painting is also a screen, an image bounded by an edge, portable and primarily visual. Both kinds of screens have native temporal designs that are in productive tension with each other. By fracking into their differential relationship images are shown to metabolize time, arriving out of time for the sake of an unsustainable time, concealing an end of time, hidden beneath a fantastic time beyond time. This article will develop an alternative ontology of the image through interlocked notions of time, temporality, colour and presence based on contemporary painting, the plastic arts and an uncertain relation to the visual, brought on by information communication technologies. Using the ideas of Martin Heidegger, Richard Dienst and Bernard Stiegler it will be shown that by deconstructing everyday notions of time there is a fractal proliferation of temporal modes that releases an explosive plasticity of visual presence with a hue and density held somewhere between the agency of light and the plastic materiality of the screen.
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Keywords: Heidegger; colour-time; designing time; instantaneousness; machine time; network time; phenomenology; temporality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Technology Sydney

Publication date: 01 June 2016

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  • Ubiquity is an international peer reviewed journal for creative and transdisciplinary practitioners interested in technologies, practices and behaviours that have the potential to radically transform human perspectives on the world. "Ubiquity", the ability to be everywhere at the same time, a potential historically attributed to the occult is now a common feature of the average mobile phone. The title refers explicitly to the advent of ubiquitous computing that has been hastened through the consumption of networked digital devices. The journal anticipates the consequences for design and research in a culture where everyone and everything is connected, and will offer a context for visual artists, designers, scientists and writers to consider how Ubiquity is transforming our relationship with the world.
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