the web will kill you

It’s just so easy to break. recently hal and i went on a trip to meet our friend marie watt, a sculptor who was artist-in-residence for a corning museum installation. there we observed glass artists in process. it struck hal how, in working with a medium that is so difficult to control, their work becomes coaxing it just beyond the most majestic thing that, in its true nature, it’s apt to do: end up in a puddle.

“you always end up at the question of ‘what is this thing’s intrinsic nature’…,” he muttered a bit and then finished, “part of anything’s intrinsic nature is its limitations.”

we talked about how the limitations of web-based media often hit these two hurdles: the deeply entrenched internet business model that leaves little opportunity for digital artists to make money with their art, and the not-quite-simple matter of access and fluidity with the tools themselves.

“there’s plenty of tactile involvement in digital media that’s just not allowed in the interfaces given to the audiences. what we’re doing is exploring the nature of reading versus watching — are those two necessarily mutually exclusive?”

positano creates an argument for long-form digital — an art form that’s very involving in the sense that you’re entering a world and sort of hanging out the way you do in film, but with some way of moving through it, a tactile side like turning the page of the book.

it’s on our minds. I’m sure there will be more.