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Immersion Into Noise

“If anything is representative of the art of noise, it is ambivalence.”

“Art must indict—or at the very least play the role of the noisy jester who unmasks the quietly persistent lies of the powerful.”

“Noise may break some connections, but connections will always continue to grow in other directions, creating new thoughts and new affects.”

“In one respect, all sounds and images are already a kind of noise: data without meaning.”

“An art of noise can also be postulated as a realm of anti-social cultural purpose directed toward the revolutionary transformation of an irrational social reality that insists on calling itself rational.”

“If we agree to combine this thought of noise art as a vacuole of noncommunication with an insistence on signal-to-noise psychological circuit breaking, we gain a more complicated image of noise—as vacuoles that re-route and break-up the pathways of control. Let us therefore entertain a noncommunicating art of noise as an aesthetic act that nevertheless communicates intricately.”

“I hypothesize that an art (or culture) of noise produced in our milieu of image superabundance and information proliferation can problematize culture and hence enliven us to the privacy of the human condition in lieu of the fabulously constructed social spectacle that engulfs and (supposedly) controls us.”

“What the art of noise does is to take the meaninglessness of noise and convert it into the meaningful.”

“I shall establish my fundamental contention that all art is fundamentally conceptual and imaginative because art only exists conceptually and its goal is to change our consciousness.”

“What was once noise (unacceptable) has now become noise music (acceptable and even desirable).”

“For noise to be first noise, it must destabilize us. It must initially jar. It must challenge. It must initiate a glitch of psychic crumbling.”

“Noise art theory, then, involves the exaltation of the void and the melting of unstable frontiers as it expands definitions both inwardly and outwardly to envelope from both sides a felt understanding of the unfettered immensity and myrrh of our universe (where noise of one sort or another is everywhere).”

“Ideally, communication must be separated from noise. Noise is what is not communicated; it is just there as a kind of chaos, as the empirical third element of the message, the accidental part, the part of difference that is excluded.”

“Normal noise, as opposed to art noise, doesn’t mean anything and isn’t about anything; it just is annoyingly so.”

“Torben Sangild points out in his essay “The Aesthetics of Noise” that in Genèse, French philosopher Michel Serres sketched out the idea that the ultimate being-in-itself is noise. Behind the phenomenal world (the world we perceive)—he proposes—is an infinite complexity, an incomprehensible multitude analogous to white noise. What Serres initially finds intriguing about noise (rather than the message) is that it opens up a fertile avenue of reflection. Instead of remaining pure noise, it becomes a means of transport.”

“Noise vs. music, non-intended sounds vs. intended sounds, life vs. art; the oppositional pairs resonating along with the first opposition form an ever-extending thread.”

hyper-chaos (…) a form of absolutization where nothing is impossible or unthinkable.”

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Joseph Nechvatal

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