Here/There

Here/There

Telepresence, Touch, and Art at the Interface

Kris Paulsen

ISBN 9780262338240
264 pp.
March 2017

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Here/There

Telepresence, Touch, and Art at the Interface
"Telepresence” allows us to feel present—through vision, hearing, and even touch—at a remote location by means of real-time communication technology. Networked devices such as video cameras and telerobots extend our corporeal agency into distant spaces. In Here/There, Kris Paulsen examines telepresence technologies through the lens of contemporary artistic experiments, from early video art through current “drone vision” works. Paulsen traces an arc of increasing interactivity, as video screens became spaces for communication and physical, tactile intervention. She explores the work of artists who took up these technological tools and questioned the aesthetic, social, and ethical stakes of media that allow us to manipulate and affect far-off environments and other people—to touch, metaphorically and literally, those who cannot touch us back. Paulsen examines 1970s video artworks by Vito Acconci and Joan Jonas, live satellite performance projects by Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, and CCTV installations by Chris Burden. These early works, she argues, can help us make sense of the expansion of our senses by technologies that privilege real time over real space and model strategies for engagement and interaction with mediated others. They establish a political, aesthetic, and technological history for later works using cable TV infrastructures and the World Wide Web, including telerobotic works by Ken Goldberg and Wafaa Bilal and artworks about military drones by Trevor Paglen, Omar Fast, Hito Steyerl, and others. These works become a meeting place for here and there.

Contents

  1. Series Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction: Touching the Interface, Interfacing Touch
  4. 1. The Index and the Interface
  5. 2. Uncanny Confusion: Early Video and the Fantasy of Presence
  6. 3. Touching Television: Chris Burden's Anti-Spectacular Video and the Ethics of Observation
  7. 4. Inhabiting the Interface: The Mixed Reality of Satellite Telecommunication
  8. 5. The Presence of Others: Telerobotics and the Digitization of Touch
  9. 6. The View from Here: Remote Action and the Trauma of (Not) Being Touched
  10. Epilogue: Fingerprints
  11. Notes
  12. References
  13. Index