From December 2000 ~ Technology, Culture, Creativity & the Changing Individual


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I made this in 2000, to present in a convention on Technology & Culture, hosted by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), in Pune, India.

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From December 2000 ~ Technology, Culture, Creativity & the Changing Individual

  1. 1. <ul><li>The IDEA </li></ul><ul><li><The I ndian D ocumentary of E lectronic A rts> </li></ul>Technology, Culture, Creativity & the Changing Individual
  2. 2. “ Yes, I know what you mean ~ but it do get me to San Francisco every so often!” .. so then where are we today?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Input Devices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cameras, scanners, tablets, clipart </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Processing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>imaging, DTP, PPT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Output Devices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>monitors, screens, projection, print </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Appropriation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>magazines, net, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RAQs </li></ul></ul>“ New” Technologies ~ Imaging
  4. 4. <ul><li>Input Devices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>man./mech. stylus, optical </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Object-Sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>architects, engineers, artists, animators, doctors ,.. consumers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Appropriation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>wire-frames, real>virtual>real </li></ul></ul>“ New” Technologies ~ 3D
  5. 5. “ New” Technologies ~ 3D contd . <ul><li>Processing & Output </li></ul><ul><ul><li>node-edit, movement capture., creature shift </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3D printing, rapid prototyping, CAD-CAM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The “Personalization” of “Mass-Customization”? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>send/receive wire-frames ~ desk-top factories, user-end delivery (auto-parts/detailing, toys, merchandizing), Nanotech’s “Universal Assembler” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. “ New” Technologies ~ Dance (!) Merce Cunningham & Credo, etc. Record / Archive / Train (also ref. Sports)
  7. 7. <ul><li>MIDI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>instrument interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create/edit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>readymades? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MIDI & WAV </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Appropriation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>remix, sampling </li></ul></ul>“ New” Technologies ~ Audio Lev Termen, 1920
  8. 8. “ New” Technologies ~ DV <ul><li>Production </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cameras and capture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Post-Production </li></ul><ul><ul><li>edit-suites and PCs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Symbioses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2D/3D, clipart, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Appropriation? </li></ul>
  9. 9. “ New” Individuals <ul><li>It’s Tool-Time Folks! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>change the world on a mail-order “PC” or borrowed notebook? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>but where are the other peripherals? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aibo & Lego </li></ul><ul><ul><li>home- robotics ? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>artificial limbs to artificial intelligence ? </li></ul></ul>Edmund Scientific?
  10. 10. “ Hauling software in buckets doesn’t make sense any more” <ul><li>Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy asserting that very soon software applications will come for free </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outlook, November 20, 2000 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>… lessons of an “Ancient Culture”...
  11. 11. <ul><li>H1, 2000 ~ launch of The IDEA as “India’s first CD-zine”. Experimentally “priced” at Rs. 100/- </li></ul><ul><li>H1, 2000 ~ attempts distribution of one million free CDs through an ad-blitz, as an offline extension of their web-presence </li></ul><ul><li>H2, 2000 ~ Second gazette of The IDEA released with a creeping privileged free-circulation plan </li></ul><ul><li>H2, 2000 ~ Launch of The Virtual Mahazine as “The World’s First Multimedia Magazine on CD-ROM”. Monthly editions priced at Rs. 100/- </li></ul>Freebies,.. and free delivery too ? Late 1990s ~ emergence of free Data-CDs bundled with computer print-magazines
  12. 12. <ul><li>“ network identified electronic-artists around India and (slowly) the world in a sharing creative matrix...” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>by networking peers +/-, on the basis of their involvement with creative computer-based practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>by catalyzing new symbioses, new endeavours and new visions through real and virtual teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>by representing, facilitating and also archiving significant works of the passing eras in a continuously evolving matrix </li></ul></ul>The IDEA ~ What ? <The Indian Documentary of Electronic Arts>
  13. 13. <ul><li>“ It’s all about money, honey!” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1996: population density was 270 people per sq. km. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2000: population total crossed 1,000,000,000 </li></ul></ul>The IDEA ~ Why ? (one aspect) <The Indian Documentary of Electronic Arts> <ul><li>“ ...clerks to the world…” ~ a valid perspective? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>H1-B, the East India Company, Fiji, Peru the Middle East,.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>body-shopping & wage-rate arbitrage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual Space ~ one escape hatch? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>telecommuting, presence and virtual-teamwork etc. </li></ul></ul>*Swaminomics(?) ~ ‘98/99 people
  14. 14. <ul><li>- Symbioses with Business </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach & Feedback Loop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Product /Service Benchmarking, Development, Advertising </li></ul></ul>The IDEA ~ How ? <The Indian Documentary of Electronic Arts> <ul><li>- Symbioses with Government </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach & Feedback Loop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural, Technological, Human Resource Development incl. Institutional student/R&D networking (e.g. NID, IDC) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. *FYI ~ this year marks the 18th season of “EAPS” ( the Electronic Arts Performance Series ) presented by the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy. NY USA) <ul><li>EAPS is a fall and spring series of performances, lectures and screenings featuring pioneering, experimental and emerging artists who explore the boundaries of electronic art </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>The first private-sector television broadcaster to downlink across India was a Chinaman in the 1990s! (Star TV) </li></ul><ul><li>.. and as the ‘FM’ radio-waves issue idled inconclusively through Y2K, the first private-sector radio broadcaster to downlink across India is an US-based corporation! (Worldspace) </li></ul><ul><li>New-media coming up in 2001 includes flat-screen virtual 3D (4D Vision Tech.) and Fragrance (Digiscents) </li></ul>Meanwhile,..
  17. 17. Namaste ~ D-3/3492 Vasant Kunj New Delhi - 110 070 (India) <>