Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making by Chris Salter,Andrew Pickering

By Chris Salter,Andrew Pickering

In Alien Agency, Chris Salter tells 3 tales of art within the making. Salter examines 3 works during which the fabrics of paintings -- the "stuff of the area" -- behave and practice in methods past the creator's rationale, changing into unknown, staggering, alien. learning those works -- all 3 deeply embroiled in and enabled by way of technological know-how and know-how -- permits him to target perform in the course of the experiential and affective parts of production. Drawing on broad ethnographic statement and on his personal event as an artist, Salter investigates how researcher-creators manage the stipulations for those experimental, performative assemblages -- assemblages that avert dichotomies among matters and gadgets, human and nonhuman, brain and physique, realizing and experiencing.Salter reviews at the sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger (O+A) and their efforts to seize after which undertaking disregarded city sounds; tracks the multi-year undertaking TEMA (Tissue Engineered Muscle Actuators) on the artwork study lab SymbioticA and its building of a hybrid "semi-living" desktop from especially grown mouse muscle cells; and describes a research-creation venture (which he himself initiated) that makes use of mild, vibration, sound, scent, and different sensory stimuli to let audiences to event different cultures' "ways of sensing." Combining conception, diary, background, and ethnography, Salter additionally explores a broader query: How do new issues emerge into the area and what do they do?

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