Speed and memory by 2008 were major directions in artistic thought.
Speed and memory by 2008 were major directions in artistic thought. The ideas were talked about everywhere, though perhaps most of all in media arts where new technology is omnipresent. Generally, machines are thought to be invariably faster and less and less likely to forget. Yet what are speed and memory, when memorized fragments are selected out of an accelerating stream of ideas? How is memory transformed into speed when it gets put on a network and becomes universal? And how to manifest these in artistic practice?
Avatar, as a centre for the production and distribution of audio and electronic arts, saw these as central questions for contemporary artistic practice. Its 2008 Supervitesse et wikimémoire symposium, under the theme of the acceleration of conscious and the act of networking fragmented memory, explored them and helped develop a base of understanding for Avatar’s rapidly evolving artistic interventions.
Avatar’s Supervitesse et wikimémoire symposium was coproduced with Recto-Verso. Events were held on February 14 and 15, 2008, in Complexe Méduse’s Salle Multi, as part of Mois Multi 9.