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 within which the fabrics of artwork -- the "stuff of the area" -- behave and practice in methods past the creator's reason, turning 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 throughout the experiential and affective parts of production. Drawing on broad ethnographic remark and on his personal event as an artist, Salter investigates how researcher-creators set up the stipulations for those experimental, performative assemblages -- assemblages that avert dichotomies among matters and gadgets, human and nonhuman, brain and physique, realizing and experiencing.Salter studies at the sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger (O+A) and their efforts to trap after which venture omitted city sounds; tracks the multi-year venture TEMA (Tissue Engineered Muscle Actuators) on the paintings study lab SymbioticA and its development 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, odor, and different sensory stimuli to let audiences to event different cultures' "ways of sensing." Combining conception, diary, background, and ethnography, Salter additionally explores a broader query: How do new issues emerge into the realm and what do they do?

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