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tsk tsk tsk and Beyond: Anticipating Distributed Aesthetics

Author(s): Darren Tofts

Journal: Fibreculture Journal
ISSN 1449-1443

Issue: 7;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Australian media arts | distributed aesthetics

This paper considers some important precursory events in the formative history of Australian media arts. These events have anticipated the post-object, serial conception of arts practice that Nicholas Bourriaud has called relational aesthetics. Relational aesthetics interpret both artwork and audience in differential, highly idiosyncratic ways; ways that have become important to our contemporary vocabulary of interactive, immersive and interfaced art. This paper will consider the ways in which the concept of the network was important to artists such as Philip Brophy & Tsk-tsk-tsk in the early 1980s. It will also explore related notions of “audience manipulation” in the work of Martine Corompt.
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