Samedi 29 octobre 2016 à 19 heures
Au Media Art Club – Galerie Art-Cade – 35 bis rue de la Bibliothèque- 13001 Marseille
Entrée 2€ adh
ADAM HARPER (Uk)
« the digital underground »
Les textes d’Adam Harper sont de bons antidotes contemporains à la prolifération des discours sur une hypothétique «rétromania». Collaborateur de Wire et Dummy Magazine, il a publié Infinite Music: Imagining The Next Millenium of Human Music-Making, un essai stimulant qui prend acte de l’histoire des théories de la musique pour proposer un modèle ouvert à toutes ses potentialités.
The production and reception of recent electronic music has resonated with criticisms of the perceived degenerative effects of digital technology on culture and ‘humanity’ — such as the lack of attention it promotes or the ‘information overload’ it causes — in an at least partially positive way. The resulting ambivalent aesthetics, sometimes thought of as one of ‘internet music,’ embraces particular negative notions of digital mediation in ways that can and have been thought of as satirical, exploratory or ‘accelerationist.’ I’ll look at three facets of this aesthetics: maximalism, kitsch and the uncanny valley. I also question the legitimacy of dramatising, even positively, digital media and culture as effectively ‘degenerate.’
Adam Harper is a music critic and musicologist. Author of Infinite Music, released in 2011, he teaches at City, University of London. His work focuses mainly on the aesthetics of technology in underground scenes which he analyses through articles for The Wire, FADER and others, gathered on his blog.