Event date: 29 October 2011
King’s Anatomy Theatre & Museum,
6th Floor, King’s Building
King’s College London,
London, WC2R 2LS
Rhythm and Event
Olga Goriunova (London Metropolitan University):
Software, Time and Avant-garde
This paper focuses on computational processing of time, especially in relation to sound analysis and synthesis and the concepts of delay, digital delay line and a buffer. The new and multiple forms and behaviours time assumes in and as the result of such computational processes extending to embrace various lives of culture go hand in hand with the ways and timing by which avant-garde artistic work can take part in the present. Avant-garde generally enters a specific relation with time, becoming something I call ‘future-in-the-past’, but it is today that such deep connection between aesthetics and time is joined by a third party: software, through which the present becomes multiple, full of pockets and expands. The paper draws exampled from early Soviet sound pioneers, Constructivists, net and software art, Max/MSP, Nato, and Pd.
Olga Goriunova is senior lecturer in Media Practice at London Metropolitan University. She is the author of ‘Art Platforms and Cultural Production on the Internet’ (Routledge, 2011).