Some more thoughts on Truths and Fictions... CDROMS .... and some other stuff...


I looked at again at this cdrom in light of the discussion in class.
This cdrom is not very interactive in terms of the users choices, but on the other had it is an exhibit of sorts and there is much more to be gained and learned from this than possibly the exhibit itself. (do i contradict myself? my own desire to "hangout in bars" because of the physical presence of actual people who for that moment are themselves?) In the interaction with this presentation, the user can see the altered photograph and the photographs from whence it came. This presents an interaction with the artist, one not available in the exhibit. But then in viewing this cdrom at home whenever you want, (hbesser discusses this quite a bit) lessens the interaction with others who have viewed the cdrom. I guess you could read the reviews from others, I attached a couple other reviews to mine. Maybe Firefly could attach a cdrom area to their automated 'word of mouth' database. Then we wouldn't ever have to go to a museum/gallery again. How much exactly do we lose from a lack of shared experience? We don't know really, or do we?
I have travelled from my original point but don't mind if you don't.
I think possibly I would find the Residents CD and other stoner CDs (for lack of a better description, I continue to use that phrase) more to my liking if I had a better understanding of the purpose of each of the artists. This would seem to make the CD a continuation of their art, not a new art interaction.

Pedro Meyer explains fully his use of this medium and presents his reasons and the pros and cons of this medium for his purposes. I found this to be essential to my enjoyment and understanding of this CD. The organization is clear, the purpose, and the design. I like that personal opinion. If I was a stoner got all into that artsy techno stuff then, hey, what a blast it would be to sit around and cruise through the Residents Freak Show with a bunch of friends. Oh! I do that all the time... "hanging out in bars" is frequently a live Freak Show. The things people say and do after a couple beers. Maybe the idea is not to make people into cdroms (see this) but to make virtual interactions.... like a cybercafe. So we can be in close physical proximity without having interact with actual people. We can hide, present ourselves as someone or something else in 'cyberspace', while being obviously present in another (physical) 'space'.
I started one place and ended pretty far away....

"begin at the beginning, go until the end, then stop" lewis carroll...?

back to the review....