Locational information based categorization of art production in the distributed archive networks scenario

by Orkun Beydağı

Art, through out the history, situated as an institutionalized entity. Since the very beginning of the art production, it tries to overcome a very important issue, “communication’. Art does this in a variety of ways, all in different formations, however the very reason is to have the ideas to be shared. This eventually brings the institutionalization, either in a corporate way or by small initiatives. Institutions bring the gathering of persons, which creates a field, where art production, takes role, and become actualized in. This gathering more importantly takes place around the archives, indeed very critical for institutions to form themselves. These institutions, in order to maintain themselves, have the task to protect and develop these archives, which develops an important political power for them. This political power, the archival process, leads to a situation where art institutions fashion some styles with the content of the art production and form ‘-ists and –izms’, therefore offers a strong classification.

Beside all these situations, enhancements in information technologies issue new approaches in archival process. As the information exchange options widens and provide faster communication possibilities, the significance of archives and their protection loses its importance. Every person with their handhelds, produce information about their local environment and shares with people either nearby, or further away. This actually gives the political power in to the hands of ordinary person, and creates local zones of information, which in the end causes the dissolution of protected archives into a distributed network formation. Also mentioned by Kwinter, the unpredictable and fast nature of the archive system (internet), can place the scientific action and political method for everyone with a phone line and a hard drive, of which refined and disciplined eras and methods could not (2011).

The more persons act as the transmitter of local information, faster the dissolution of protected archives happens. This forms a distributed network that emerges by the vague connection of persons, which can be inferred as nodes. Gatherings of individuals, shows emergent behavior, where the result of the gathering generates a different entity, which is more powerful local wise. Status posts about local events, helps persons to organize faster through that event, however has the inconsistency that will cause the organization to change its formation rapidly, which also can be inferred as an example, since the small local organizations happened in the so called “Arab Spring”.

This situation is directly related with the information that is know-what, but more with know-how. This know-how information, in this aspect, varies between virtual and actual. It can only be valid for a certain time and space. However as the organization changes its structure, information will adapt itself. As one person changes its location and time, the information reached will be different from the previous condition. If we think about the information we gain by experience, the interaction with ‘objects’-know how- we still can talk about the same scenario. “Global Information” of know how will no longer exist, and instead that knowledge gained from experience will be valid for that certain time and space.

In addition to all, however the organizational structure of archives is in the threshold of that change, materiality still keeps a certain formation that in fact remains slower to follow this change of archival process. Storage of the local information is expressed in the known ways, can be mentioned as ‘recordings’, like words, pictures, paintings, sounds, etc. More over these ‘recordings’, there can be a new form of storage of the local information, which situates itself virtually and ties with the actual, physical world, and this will change the way, how art is produced, and eventually leads to a new categorization of the productions.

This can be actualized in a scenario, where smart materials can help artist to produce local products that can only be meaningful for a certain time. In an example of an art institute that uses this creative learning process, artists will perform according to certain conditions, in a specific time and space.

As in information networks scenario we cannot talk about places, but locations with certain properties. In this case diverse natural condition can be chosen as locations, which the smart material ties its information to. Waterfront, parks, underground and height are showing different intensive properties, where energy flow mostly occur. The smart material will interact with these locations to form states; gas, liquid, solid, which helps for artist to get in touch with the material and transform it to realize their ideas. The new forms emerge from this new material for the activity, ‘painting, sculpting, music, and visual effect’.

Intensive properties of natural conditions define the properties of the material for these activities.

Artists activity forms a distributed network throughout the city, which effects and gets effected by the material its formations. This two-way interaction forms the material and its existence in the city, as well as the distributed network formations of the artist. “

One instance for this is the parks in rush hours, the one slight moment when oxygen, carbon dioxide ratio, pressure and temperature changes. That moment where, park, subway/park,waterfront/subway,waterfront/park,waterfront meets material show certain properties that the artist, who uses it can only experience and gain knowledge for that moment and space.

In such a situation, where art production is exclusively done for specific time and space, the categorization shifts away from the content itself, however turns into the local information zone. If we can talk about an art history, it will contain the distributed network formation and its analytical location and time information.  Accumulation of these will bring massive amount of analytical data, which emphasizes the temporariness of art production, in the distributed network institutions, as archives dissolves and reorganizes as emergent entities with the enhancements in information –communication technologies.

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