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New Media > Cross-Media > Variable Media < Emergent Media < Maturity < Mastery
Archie Degamo | Eldar Karhalev | Sunit S. Sehgal | Sarawut Chutiwongpeti
Manila, Philippines | St. Petersburg, Russia | Mumbai, India | Bangkok, Thailand
Other Featured Artists: Hung Keung >> Hong Kong Kristian Thomas >> Australia || Mihaila Constantina >> Romania
Strengths: Degamo is a craftsman of the image, Chutiwongpeti of the installation, Keung of the video. Net-based works are the choice of Sehgal and Karhalev. For Thomas it is music and for Constantina, the photographic image. These artists work towards bringing languages within their traditions, old and new, outside of the machine, outside of the technology.
“the artist realises how much he is involved in the changing social structure” – Sehgal
“knock in their hearts that we are a nation that needs help from everyone” – Degamo
“from direct approach with the street as a theatre of human life” – Constantina
Curating Seamless Technology:
Seamless Communication: Human Technology. Language is never a barrier, it is always a bridge. Words explain an idea or a concept and the image sets it free to be understood. Some of the artists had a struggle expressing thoughts, feelings, ideas searching through a common language, but their desire and their works delivered the message. Particularly, Chutiwongpeti’s desire to communicate across the network of computers and encoding was the strongest, demonstrating a humanized responsive technology.
Outside the Electronic Monastery:
The web is also a fairly useful medium for promotion, as Kristian Thomas proposes in increasing publicity for a recent sound event held in Australia (“…we want to use this hyper media of jpeg, mpeg1 and mp3’s to promote the collective, adelaides digtal art/music scene, and our new cd release, ‘psp003’…”), just as Sunit S. Sehgal’s NULINK, which uses the internet as convergence point for live coverage in various places in Mumbai (“This will mainly involve live coverage at various points in the city (MUMBAI) especially places like galleries as well as other happenings, which will be aired on the Internet.”)
Just as scenes, sounds, events are imported and broadcast into electronic media and generate much discourse within the media, there are movements that proceed outwards to generate discourse outside the media.
The web monastery. Eldar Karhalev’s WAPICONA leaps out of the web and into the personal cellular phone. Hung Keung’s 2-CD multimedia work allows an exploration of movement and the human sensorium; the engaging interactive piece has found audiences in many places outside the web monastery, just as Sarawut Chutiwongpeti’s installation which has been presented in several art events and museums outside Thailand or the internet.
The artist as cultural worker. The creative process is also intimately engaged in a larger life outside the small circle of new media. Here, we may take into consideration Sarawut Chutiwongpeti’s photographs of unrehearsed scenes in the “Untitled Series” as a meditation on the lifeways along Bang Kae Market, the Mar Broon krong Shopping Center, Pha Ya Tai and Charoenkrung Road, and in a bus in Bangkok. Hung Keung’s many sights, sounds and movements involved videos and audio recordings of people and friends in Hong Kong, perhaps a much more heavily scripted mediation which effectively encapsulizes the more electronically immersed culture of the city.
A more personal and interiorizing approach is seen in the images of Archie Degamo, just as the city landscape of Manila is constantly being immersed into the digital media but ever halted by the sporadic reality of detachment and poverty. Then one wonders if it is the electronic monastery that is detached and interiorizing to the point of poverty? Here, Degamo stresses the desire to bring the outside reality into a media more adept to manipulating reality, a path he yet has to thread, a path that would enrich his digital visions (“I wish to ATTACK the senses of everyone specially the ones that I’ll be making and had already made images that reflect our society…)”
The new media artist sniffs out subtle changes in society and responds with his or her art, and these artists demonstrate the struggle of the new media towards maturity by pushing towards its mastery, pushing outside enslavement, just as new media art struggles to leap beyond the confines of its own monastic poverty.