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 rationale, changing into unknown, incredible, alien. learning those works -- all 3 deeply embroiled in and enabled via technological know-how and expertise -- permits him to target perform during the experiential and affective parts of production. Drawing on broad ethnographic commentary and on his personal adventure as an artist, Salter investigates how researcher-creators set up the stipulations for those experimental, performative assemblages -- assemblages that stay away from dichotomies among matters and items, human and nonhuman, brain and physique, understanding and experiencing.Salter studies at the sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger (O+A) and their efforts to trap after which venture overlooked city sounds; tracks the multi-year undertaking TEMA (Tissue Engineered Muscle Actuators) on the paintings study lab SymbioticA and its building of a hybrid "semi-living" desktop 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 let audiences to adventure different cultures' "ways of sensing." Combining thought, diary, historical past, 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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