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Proposal Summary Aug 2010, Daniel Rourke

Proposal Summary Aug 2010, Daniel Rourke

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Daniel Rourke
MPhil/PhD Research Proposal
August 2010
Goldsmiths Department of Art
“To read what was never written”
: Writing Beside the Digital Paradigm
My work revolves around the criticality of writing technologies, positioning 'writing' itself at the centre of my artistic practice.Following Walter J. Ong's description of dialectic (oral) and grapholectic (written) cultures (2007) my practice-based thesis will create a critical language necessary to map the paradigmatic moves between oral,written/print and digital systems of exchange. It will consider and
the discursive forms it enquires indocuments, book-objects and digital media formats, and in the studio, lecture, seminar and gallery. It willdevelop a theoretical framework for the conception, production and curation of discursive works: one thatsupplements methodologies rooted in meta-textual systems.I will argue that digital media and the internet originate a culture of non-privileged interdependencies. Thatis, a culture in which the authority of certain kinds of knowledge, and thus of privileged kinds of exchange,are undermined by the constantly shifting, and re-emerging,
relationships between entities in theworld. Working with Foucault’s notion of ‘Similitude’
(2008) and Agamben’s concept of ‘The Paradigm’(2009) my writing is an attempt to write
the digital. From the works of Walter Benjamin, throughFoucault and Derrida, my thesis will examine the principle of mimesis, which binds and dominates theresemblances between art/writing and its subject. Using Michel Serres’ work on ‘The Parasite’
(2007), BrunoLatour’s notion of ‘Hybrids’
(2002) and Donna Haraway’s ‘Cyborg Politics’
(1991), my writing insists on acritical framework, not of resemblance and representation, but of noise and translation. A turn for writingthat, echoing Friedrich Kittler, “puts code into the practice of realities”
(2008); that explores lost spacesdefined by Svetlana Boym as “the side alleys and lateral potentialities of the project of critical modernity”(2010).Contemporary artists and theorists are working to define ‘dispersive’ (Price 2002), ‘discursive’
(Gillick 2009), ‘altermodern’
(Bourriaud & Tate Britain Gallery 2009) modes of practice and artefact. LevManovich’s definitions of transcoding and the interface (2002) position digital media as a defining modalityfor contemporary art. These works represent a network of paradigms that have yet to be embodied in the principles and methods of art (as) theory. In order to break the privileged status of ‘The Thing Itself’ (Agamben 1999) my writing will develop alateral logic, indicating theoretical relationships that are non-hierarchical in both its structure and its content.My thesis will disseminate ‘traditional’ textual mediums and effect a blurring between text/object,writer/reader, student/teacher boundaries.
(Benjamin 1999)
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