In No Medium, Craig Dworkin seems to be at works which are clean, erased, transparent, or silent, writing severely and substantively approximately works for which there would appear to be not just not anything to determine yet not anything to assert. tested heavily, those ostensibly contentless artistic endeavors, literature, and track element to a brand new realizing of media and the boundaries of the inventive item. Dworkin considers works predicated on clean sheets of paper, from a fictional selection of poems in Jean Cocteau's Orphée to the particular book of a ream of typing paper as a ebook of poetry; he compares Robert Rauschenberg's Erased De Kooning Drawing to the artist Nick Thurston's erased replica of Maurice Blanchot's The area of Literature (in which simply Thurston's marginalia have been visible); and he scrutinizes the sexual politics of photographic illustration and the consequences of obscured or obliterated topics of photos. Reexamining the well-known case of John Cage's 4'33", Dworkin hyperlinks Cage's composition to Rauschenberg's White Paintings, Ken Friedman's Zen for Record (and Nam June Paik's Zen for Film), and different works, supplying additionally a "guide to extra listening" that surveys greater than a hundred rankings and recordings of "silent" song. Dworkin argues that we must always comprehend media now not as clean, base issues yet as social occasions, and that there's no medium, understood in isolation, yet purely and regularly a plurality of media: interpretive actions occurring in socially inscribed space.
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Whereas the punning rebus stated by means of Orpheus works at a degree of abstraction, among the signal platforms of phrases and photographs, any specific signal happening in that system—“silence,” “nothingness,” “absence,” et cetera—is regularly historicizable. additionally, unlike these different believable titles, nudisme implies an unveiling greater than a negation, and the intense reader may ponder precisely what has been made bare in (or through) Cégeste’s booklet. certainly, a part of the work’s frisson is the get rid of at which it pitches the rhetoric of garments (a rhetoric, that's, of rhetoricity itself). eight If phrases, conventionally, are inspiration to dress idea, they also—Nudisme reveals—cover the web page. To conceive of dematerialized rules clothed through extra tangible language elides the measure to which that experience of language is itself dematerialized with regards to the actual materiality of print that might make that language appear. Print outfits language; that's to assert, it outfits a garments. Given the identify, Orpheus may have anticipated a plainspoken or unartificed poetry, anything within the kind of an unornamented genus humile or genus tenue, yet Cégeste has stripped away not only the rhetoric of a specific mode yet any obvious language in any respect. The paintings lays naked (mise à nu) the web page itself: the actual facture of the publication as an item; the substrate of print; the common technological aid of poetry at midcentury. If Nudisme is provocative (though no longer rather within the method a licentious reader hopes), it really is also—with an analogous sadness and regardless of its solely unprinted pages—quite particular. Throwing off of metaphorical sheets to bare the tangible sheets of paper underneath its covers, its exhibitionism is, in Jean Baudrillard’s deployment of the time period, obscene. Obscenity starts off, for Baudrillard, “quand tout devient d’une transparence et d’une visibilité immédiate, quand tout est soumis à los angeles lumière crue et inexorable de l’information et de los angeles communique [when all turns into transparence and speedy visibility, while every little thing is uncovered to the cruel and inexorable mild of knowledge and communication]. ”9 within the strategy: Obscène est ce qui met fin à tout regard, à toute photo, à toute représentation…Ce n’est plus l’obscénité de ce qui est caché, refoulé, obscur, c’est celle du seen, du trop seen, du plus que seen que le seen, c’est l’obscénité de ce qui n’a plus de mystery, de ce qui est tout entier soluble dans l’information et l. a. conversation. 10 [The obscene is what places an finish to each glance, to each photograph, to each representation…It is not any longer the obscenity of what's hidden, repressed, or imprecise; it's the obscenity of the noticeable, of the too seen, of the extra obvious than noticeable; it's the obscenity of that which has not more secrets and techniques, of that that is miscible in info and verbal exchange. ] Baudrillard’s subject, in a prefiguration of ways the net could quickly be stated, is a society ruled by means of a community of on the spot entry to uninhibited and promiscuous flows of data: the supply of every thing, at any place, forever.