5th International Conference

Digital Culture & AudioVisual Challenges

Interdisciplinary Creativity in Arts and Technology

Hybrid - Corfu/Online, May 12-13, 2023

The weft. Time-based media arts and cross-art practices.
Date and Time: 12/05/2023 (16:15-17:30)
Location: Online
Sergio Patricio
Keywords: time-based media arts, weft, art practices, artistic reaearch, speculation, new knowledge

The weft is an article that requests to hold time and attention about time-based art practices, especially the ones that rely on time as a medium with the usage of technology and multimedia formats to be presented live in the case of performance art, for example. The article is more than a dialogue of a theory, it is a speculation about the future of these practices in terms of cultural impact and sustainability. The questions and speculations posed by the article pose a question about the status of these practices within the facilitation in educators and practitioners related to Time.

Artistic research nowadays in time-based media arts and art practices is part of a biosphere of art education, and ecology that develops creative strategies to question structures within the sociocultural realm. In that thinner layer of exploration, artistic research makes an emphasis on the production of new knowledge. Moreover, within that context, time-based media results from many art practices using a diversity of media that includes performance and actions. Those very particular ones request a more particular lens of observation based on multiple observatory perspectives and a particular lens to analyse the weft of factors involved. So then, these studies and practices could help institutions to request long-term relationships between students - lecturers - institutions, practitioners, and cultural facilitators (a connection-ship, perhaps)

In a fast contemporary society, slow-down practices request to accomplish long-term artistic research. The article does not refer to the weft of artistic disciplines rather than crossing artistic practices into an observable weft, in terms that disciplines as a notion belong to a classification of education based on an old tradition of production of knowledge. Knowing that media or milieu could help the idea of “across disciplines” to find a light in art education in the long-term embracement of new cross-practices.

For example, performance art is a type of art activity that involves a live presentation, often incorporating elements of theater, music, dance, and the visual arts. And performance within time-based media arts refers to an art practice that is inscribed in the field of artworks that rely on time as an axis presented using electronic media, such as video, film, and interactive installations. Ultimately, a combination of factors can change over time. Could be difficult to imagine how technology will impact and evolve, the increasing use of virtual and augmented reality technologies could change how audiences interact with time-based media art. As well as the art market, environmental and sustainable choices decided by economic factors, can demand different types of art, and can also affect the value of an artist's work. Understanding that their available resources can also influence their work's value.

Speculating about the future of time-based media arts can open possibilities about the access, analysis, and political perspectives that can be included in the building of a better understanding of time as an observatory of multiple perspectives gathered into a cross-disciplinary field that reflects society- a new structure required. Even more, it requests a constant update of a model education, as well as a cultural infrastructure where to stream the squeezed new knowledge, resulting in and making possible an adaptive and responsive art practice that slowly will disappear with the virtuality of VR and AR-based media arts. Where “real” and “reality” will second guest the vulnerability and sensitive risk of one singular experience involved in a particular encounter within a live experience planned as an event most of the time, as action art where everything can go wrong and the public can end up looking at the real fragility of a weft of these special human bodies.

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