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 within which the fabrics of paintings -- the "stuff of the area" -- behave and practice in methods past the creator's purpose, turning into unknown, striking, alien. learning those works -- all 3 deeply embroiled in and enabled by way of technology and expertise -- permits him to target perform in the course of the experiential and affective components of production. Drawing on large ethnographic remark and on his personal adventure as an artist, Salter investigates how researcher-creators manage the stipulations for those experimental, performative assemblages -- assemblages that dodge dichotomies among matters and gadgets, human and nonhuman, brain and physique, understanding and experiencing.Salter stories at the sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger (O+A) and their efforts to catch after which undertaking not noted city sounds; tracks the multi-year undertaking TEMA (Tissue Engineered Muscle Actuators) on the paintings study lab SymbioticA and its development of a hybrid "semi-living" laptop from particularly grown mouse muscle cells; and describes a research-creation venture (which he himself initiated) that makes use of mild, vibration, sound, scent, and different sensory stimuli to allow audiences to adventure different cultures' "ways of sensing." Combining idea, diary, background, and ethnography, Salter additionally explores a broader query: How do new issues emerge into the realm and what do they do?

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