IMAGINING THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE

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VIRTUAL HARMONY: INTERFACES FOR THE ART-OF-THE-POSSIBLE

The non dialectical mean between which extremes are suspended constitutes something like an interface, which is the condition of the possibility and the impossibility of seemingly seamless systems and structures. When radically conceived, this interface extends beyond every margin of difference to “contaminate” opposites that once seemed fixed. By approaching techno-socio-cultural processes of virtualization through the strange notion of non notion of interfacing, it becomes possible to reconfigure rather than merely reinscribe structures of difference and systems of oppositions. As a result of this reconfiguration, constrasts like mind/body, self/other, human/machine, nature/culture, natural/artificial, material/immaterial, and reality/virtuality no longer appear to be what they once were. This recasting of differences as interfaces creates new interpretative and critical possibilities.

~ Mark C. Taylor, Hiding