Kickended by Silvio Lorusso is online database artwork archiving the Kickstarted campaigns that got not even a single penny. This competitive aesthetics of failure has been able to attract the attention of major national newspapers (from the British “The Guardian” to the Italian “Corriere della Sera”).
Sound installations frequently dispense with linear musical time by means of spatial arrangements. In the work “another soundscape” by Chung-Kun Wang, linear time is reintroduced and represented spatially following the model of western musical notation. Exhibited at the Digital Art Center di Taipei, what the artist defines as a “real object score” employs thirty small cable cars suspended on wires stretched across the room to act as notes on a pentagram. The cable cars are simple automata which have two states: either moving left or right; they change their direction when they detect another car on their path. This produces a self governing system, in which the notes are continuously changing their position on the timeline. On another set of wires, parallel to the first one, a reader moves from left to right scanning the score. When the reader passes over a car, it sends a signal to a computer which generates a sound. The linear behavior of this reading system contrasts with the volatile character of the score, creating a paradox which mirrors the condition of contemporary culture, in which historic methods based on the written tradition coexist with post-historic or electronic ones in which the past changes as quickly as the present.