Reading Response #3 – Jack Lambermont

Attempting to enforce a code of ethics on the media is a pointless endeavour, as the content is passed through so many filters and interpretations that enough grey area is laid down that anything can be gotten away with.

So, I think its very important for artworks to recreate “unethical” media practices in an effort to expose their presence and perhaps get people to think more about how slanted and manipulative the media can be.

I question how unethical something can possibly be with such an important end goal of helping to understand a deceitful system of delivering information and content.

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where-next t-shirt

Quaranta brings up the example of where-next, where users can attempt to predict the next big terrorist attack to win a t-shirt, whose intentions are to critique the fact that users would be willing to participate in such a game just for a shirt. I consider the idea and selection process to be more tasteless than unethical, and the final product to be an interesting and important critique.

As for myself, I can’t say ethics come consciously into play when i make my work, nor do consider any of it “necessary” (and couldn’t imagine a situation in which i would be inclined to make a “necessary” work).

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For a website to become an installation, it isn’t enough to just be published to the web. The website has to be in some way referential to, and crafted around, the virtual “space” that it occupies. If the site can successfully do this, I don’t think it is necessary for the work to be curated or placed into a physical exhibition space to have an “aura” and produce its intended effect.

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http://www.computersclub.org/

Physicality only amplifies a works aura in the sense that it satisfies the classic art-viewing expectations of the public. I don’t agree with Groy that there is an inherent purity to that method of delivery, so long as the “universe” created by the work of art is aware of where and how it is being transmitted to its audience.

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