On aesthetic objects and their production/consumption in a world saturated by digital artefacts and traces:
consider that the manipulation of an object, digital or otherwise, can be witnessed by others synchronously either in person or at a distance.
consider that the moves of the manipulating can be recorded and thus affording a measure of asynchronous sharing.
consider that manipulations and records of manipulation serve to open to study alternative paths (undo a number of steps and follow a different set of manipulations)…
we can go backwards and forwards. this is where the virtual resides: in the set of interpretations (moves) that are attached to the object of interpretation regardless of its digital status.
we might now ask how does the change in the quantity of records (as well as metadata) affect the shape of the social space in which the records circulate in particular the deployment of expertise and authority…
This set of notes arose out of a contribution to a thread on Humanist. What began as an inquiry into modelling and the thing represented has morphed into a meditation on the aesthetic object.
And so for day 372