Abstraction as noise : enhancing the poetic

Mafe, Daniel & Brown, Andrew R. (2012) Abstraction as noise : enhancing the poetic. In Baker, Su & Thomas, Paul (Eds.) The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture: Interference as a Strategy for Art Conference Proceedings, Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 194-205.

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Abstraction in its resistance to evident meaning has the capacity to interrupt or at least provide tools with which to question an overly compliant reception of the information to which we are subject. It does so by highlighting a latency or potentiality inherent in materiality that points to the possibility of a critical resistance to this ceaseless flow of sound/image/data. This resistance has been remarked on in differing ways by a number of commentators such as Lyotard, in his exploration of the avant-garde and the sublime for example.

This joint paper will initially map the collaborative project by Daniel Mafe and Andrew Brown, Affecting Interference which conjoins painting with digital sound and animations into a single, large scale, immersive exhibition/installation. The work acts as an interstitial point between contrasting approaches to abstraction: the visual and aural, the digital and analogue. The paper will then explore the ramifications of this through the examination of abstraction as ‘noise’, that is as that raw inassimilable materiality, within which lays the creative possibility to forge and embrace the as-yet-unthought and almost-forgotten. It does so by establishing a space for a more poetic and slower paced critical engagement for the viewing and receiving information or data. This slowing of perception through the suspension of easy recognition runs counter to our current ‘high performance’ culture, and it’s requisite demand for speedy assimilation of content, representing instead the poetic encounter with a potentiality or latency inherent in the nameless particularity of that which is.

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ID Code: 57562
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: noise, abstraction, materiality, sound, art
ISBN: 9780980718683
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > ART THEORY AND CRITICISM (190100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012. All papers are copyright of the authors.
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2013 23:21
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2013 16:29

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