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March 26, 2010 - May 24, 2010

A Dialogue in a Trecartian Tone
by Janine Armin




This dialogue, derived from texts by art critic Hal Foster and physicist Richard Feynman, among others, has been mediated by the internet personas of Hunter S. Thompson, Edgar Allan Poe and Raymond Chandler. In a post-humanistic stasis, and based on Ryan Trecartin's major exhibtion at the Power Plant in Toronto, the mode of dialogue gains a Trecartinian tone. Written and regurgitated with Mathew Timmons.


1: For the non- initiate public the situation is quite different (as opposed to transparency of information): rather than the ultimate instrument of manipulability, the computer is the ultimate black box where production (or is it signification?) is occluded - perhaps occluded as information. In some respects the computer gives the subject enormous control, in a great upgrading of "the world picture" put at our "disposal as conquered." In other respects, however, its operations are so auto-generative as to be oblivious to the subject, who thus occupies "an ambiguous and unfixed location" in relation to the computer."

1: Would the loss of most of the data stored on hard drives really matter? 2: The oldest surviving "book" printed on paper dates from AD 868. A century or so after the power goes off, little will remain of the digital age except what's on paper 1: Store it for millennia in symbols akin to bar codes after facing the challenge of packing the data densely enough to be useful.

2: There's no dearth of black boxes where economy is more important than capacity. We took an ambiguous place by making a disambiguous exchange of product.

1: Cash, some will argue should be stable: once written, it should not degrade for at least a decade. 2: That is quite a shopping list.

1: An extraordinary report funded and issued by the Internet, shows our provider does have an explicit contract with Danger and its subsidiary, The Crunch. Put the two together, and they're useless without the background information that gives them meaning. The data needs to be re-made from the five Lunar Orbiter missions in the past. That could make such dreams achievable. Supermemories are close to rivalling paper for stability and digital media for data density. Blackberrys and other organisms, for instance, were restored by the European Space Agency, as they are either lost or cannot be repaired, only replaced. From the surveys we've done, they might store their entire music collection on a spring or autumn night. The biggest challenge is choosing an image.

That's very provoking, they sneeze, from a cave in North America and there goes their IBM colleagues. Is the problem that grand? Lend us a hand. 1: Similar digital media are now trying hard, drive the catch! 12: It Is Us, 1: Nor I am real! 2: Nor I am real!

-Janine Armin

Images: Ryan Trecartin Sibling Topics (Section A) 2009 Video still Courtesy the artist and Elizabeth Dee New York

Posted by Janine Armin on 5/4/10

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