Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making by Chris Salter,Andrew Pickering

By Chris Salter,Andrew Pickering

In Alien Agency, Chris Salter tells 3 tales of art within the making. Salter examines 3 works during which the fabrics of artwork -- the "stuff of the area" -- behave and practice in methods past the creator's cause, changing into unknown, astounding, alien. learning those works -- all 3 deeply embroiled in and enabled via technological know-how and know-how -- permits him to target perform in the course of the experiential and affective parts of construction. Drawing on vast ethnographic statement and on his personal event as an artist, Salter investigates how researcher-creators set up the stipulations for those experimental, performative assemblages -- assemblages that dodge dichotomies among matters and gadgets, human and nonhuman, brain and physique, figuring out and experiencing.Salter studies at the sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger (O+A) and their efforts to seize after which venture left out city sounds; tracks the multi-year venture TEMA (Tissue Engineered Muscle Actuators) on the paintings study lab SymbioticA and its development of a hybrid "semi-living" computing device from in particular grown mouse muscle cells; and describes a research-creation venture (which he himself initiated) that makes use of gentle, vibration, sound, scent, and different sensory stimuli to allow audiences to adventure different cultures' "ways of sensing." Combining concept, diary, heritage, and ethnography, Salter additionally explores a broader query: How do new issues emerge into the area and what do they do?

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