Here/there: Telepresence, Touch, And Art At The Interface by Kris PaulsenHere/there: Telepresence, Touch, And Art At The Interface by Kris Paulsen

Here/there: Telepresence, Touch, And Art At The Interface

byKris Paulsen

Hardcover | February 24, 2017

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An examination of telepresence technologies through the lens of contemporary artistic experiments, from early video art through current "drone vision" works.

"Telepresence" allows us to feel present -- through vision, hearing, and even touch -- at a remote location by means of real-time communication technology. Networked devices such as video cameras and telerobots extend our corporeal agency into distant spaces. In Here/There, Kris Paulsen examines telepresence technologies through the lens of contemporary artistic experiments, from early video art through current "drone vision" works. Paulsen traces an arc of increasing interactivity, as video screens became spaces for communication and physical, tactile intervention. She explores the work of artists who took up these technological tools and questioned the aesthetic, social, and ethical stakes of media that allow us to manipulate and affect far-off environments and other people -- to touch, metaphorically and literally, those who cannot touch us back.

Paulsen examines 1970s video artworks by Vito Acconci and Joan Jonas, live satellite performance projects by Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, and CCTV installations by Chris Burden. These early works, she argues, can help us make sense of the expansion of our senses by technologies that privilege real time over real space and model strategies for engagement and interaction with mediated others. They establish a political, aesthetic, and technological history for later works using cable TV infrastructures and the World Wide Web, including telerobotic works by Ken Goldberg and Wafaa Bilal and artworks about military drones by Trevor Paglen, Omar Fast, Hito Steyerl, and others. These works become a meeting place for here and there.

Title:Here/there: Telepresence, Touch, And Art At The InterfaceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:February 24, 2017Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262035723

ISBN - 13:9780262035729

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Touch is often thought to be obsolete in today's media culture -- we lead 'mediated' lives, so goes the dictum. Kris Paulsen's theoretically sophisticated but also highly readable book shows how layered and complex this issue really is. By tracing the manifold intersections of art and technology, the work demonstrates the broad engagement of artists and experimenters with touching. Vito Acconci, Chris Burden, Joan Jonas, Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, Ken Goldberg, Harun Farocki, and many others have explored its cultural denigration and ideological ramifications, while reimagining and reinventing forms appropriate for electronic and digital environments. As Paulsen convincingly shows, remote touching, whether by video, satellites or drones, has become a fact of life -- for better or for worse.