The absence of form

Delbridge, Matthew (2010) The absence of form. In TaPRA Dealing with Digital Symposium 2010, March 20th 2010, Bedford Square, London. (Unpublished)

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what was silent will speak, what is closed will open and will take on a voice

                                     Paul Virilio

The fundamental problem in dealing with the digital is that we are forced to contend with a fundamental deconstruction of form. A deconstruction that renders our content and practice into a single state that can be openly and easily manipulated, reimagined and mashed together in rapid time to create completely unique artefacts and potentially unwranglable jumbles of data. Once our work is essentially broken down into this series of number sequences, (or bytes), our sound, images, movies and documents – our memory files - we are left with nothing but choice….and this is the key concern. This absence of form transforms our work into new collections and poses unique challenges for the artist seeking opportunities to exploit the potential of digital deconstruction. It is through this struggle with the absent form that we are able to thoroughly explore the latent potential of content, exploit modern abstractions of time and devise approaches within our practice that actively deal with the digital as an essential matter of course.

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ID Code: 32195
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This was a virtual paper presented remotely from Brisbane, Australia
Keywords: Digital Scenography, Interactive Performance, Time
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Interactive Media (190205)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 the author.
Deposited On: 12 May 2010 23:52
Last Modified: 21 May 2011 14:56

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