One on one conversations between James La Marre and artists and writers working in, around, and through fields of digital technology.
Craig Dworkin, author of Parse (Atelos, 2008), No Medium (MIT Press, 2013), and founding senior editor of Eclipse sits down with me in Salt Lake City to discuss the origins of the Eclipse archive in terms of both its conception and how it was originally coded and put online. We discuss the given moniker “archive,” and Eclipse’s relation to databases, protocols, and algorithms -- maintaining an eye toward materiality — the relationship between those JPEGs of a scanned chapbook and its letterpressed, paper-and-ink sibling.
For the fifth episode of One on One, I talk to writer Huw Lemmey in his flat in East London. Huw’s work can be found online at the New Inquiry, Rhizome, and the Verso Books blog (where he used to work), and his first book, Chubz, was released last fall by Montez Press. In our chat, Huw and I touch on three major themes: geolocation in apps like Grindr and how it shapes the city for those who use it — on the bus, in the cafe. We speak on how a psychogeography of the city and the daily lives become increasingly layered through the use of technology. And finally, we touch on the ways in which print media differs from this technology and how information can find different ebbs and flows through each form of media.
Anne de Boer
We're back! Anne de Boer, besides showing in galleries, has work which features primarily on the web. Utilizing online space, his work layers field upon field, automation on appropriation, web distribution on multiplatform functionality. We speak on his newest projects on ecksenis.net, as well as upcoming work on curatorial bot HARD-CORE and he gives a preview of an upcoming collaboration with Cory Scozzari involving a solar powered server.
In this episode, I sit down with Erica Scourti in Hackney Wick and dive into a conversation about mediation and modulation, the visibility of metadata, and the (im)possibility of directness through channels. Erica's work utilizes social media platforms to actualize art objects on and off the screen, and features a performativity these platforms can each uniquely provide. We also speak a bit on meditation, and how it can figure into the many-layered networks that so prominently figure in this contemporary condition. *NOTE* This recording is quieter than usual -- use headphones recommended!
In our second conversation, I speak with Victor Timofeev in Peckham, London, during the time his interactive show Proxyah 2.0 had been up at Jupiter Woods. We get into some details of the show, documentation of which is linked out from the one on one site jameslamarre.com/oneonone or through Viktor’s site viktortimofeev.com. and later on we hear some of Viktor’s thoughts on gaming, improvisation, and art production. We also get a bit into coding, using Unity to create work as well as environmental and digital mediation through Heads Up Displays (HUDs).
Our first interview is with Harry Sanderson during his stay at Jupiter Woods in London, over on Rollins Street. Besides us talking, you’ll hear the background hum of the space and Viktor Timofeev, subject of a forthcoming interview’s installation which occupied the gallery at the time. In this interview, Harry and I get into origins of his work, the vocabulary surrounding his newest pieces as well as some of the obsessions fueling his production.