In reply to: THE ***TECHNOLOGICAL SUBLIME***: NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND THE MARGINAL ROLE OF SUBJECT posted by Anna Riva on August 19, 1996 at 10:30:53:
: Presenting the 90s art works by Maurizio Bolognini, Mario Costa, a professor of aesthetics at the
: Naples University, writes:
: "The new technologies reintroduce with force the terms of research carried out by the avant-garde and
: make the renunciation of control, the irruption of randomness, the reduction of the subject's role to a
: residual possibility of choice... the absolute and unavoidable conditions of every project.
: Bolognini uses the randomness of out-of-tune television signals (Interference works), makes computers
: run on stochastic programs (Randomizing machines), provokes an interactive randomness by using
: communication networks (Interactive self-portraits)... In this lack of expressive intentionality, this
: renunciation of intervention with a by now exhausted imagination and in this full acceptance of the
: subject's weakness the signs are recognizable of the technological sublime, which we are led to by the
: actual techno-cosmos and which I have elsewhere attempted to grasp and penetrate..."
: The relationship between new technologies and the changing role of the subject seems to be crucial to this discussion.
: An brief introduction to the theory of professor Costa's "tecnological sublime" can be found at:
: Anna Riva