David Krut Publishing on WordPress

How fabulous are these

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I love that I can hop over to DigitallyImported.com and plug into some of the most sophisticated contemporary music streams thumping in the world today.

Franci Cronje’s 2004 masters paper explains the importance of William Kentridge’s work – particularly for new media. His new book Wiliam Kentridge Prints is beautiful – in fact lets put up its cover in high-ish res as a special treat to the bandwidth advantaged. If you appreciate the finer subtleties of obliquity, allergy also have a look at Nathaniel Stern (the other new media artist featured in her paper)’s Compresionism.

Art is a lot of distinctly different things from different perspectives – but one thing it is, myocarditis is a space. Viewed from a anthropological perspective for example art is clearly a kind of phase space, with intermittently indistinct and fuzzy boundaries.

Part of the allure of art, of any kind of contemporary art must be the drama of its assault on those boundaries that define it. The drama of creativity applied very much like a weapon, in order to carve that special little niche in the empirically indifferent wall of real-world value and meaning. And art for art sake? Yea right. In carving its own precious little niche art perhaps necessarily destroys part of the metaphorical wall of consentual consummation and consumptionism. But the niche needs the wall, always has, always will. Does the wall need the niche? Is new media something in art, is art a something in new media? Both and neither?

Working on David’s sites has intensely rekindled my fascination with those un-paint-able, unprintable images you sense behind the pictures, the stuff behind the stuff of art. Those uncontainable un-claimable ideas that dance behind design.

Is there an art 2.0? I bet there is and I bet there isn’t. (I call this opportunistic inclusionism.) Considering the discussion around the definition of what constitutes Web 2.0 on Wikipedia is, case in point, I think, a good point from which to investigate the implication of emerging technical circumstances, the space, we find contemporary art operating within.

If we were in fact navigating a quantum journey of systems and spaces, would it make a buzz?

Is frequency mutable? Of course it is.

Some notes about my humble hacking of (and fumbeling with-) the WordPress open source code I’ve implemented in the David Krut Publishing and Arts Resource site at http://www.davidkrutpublishing.com/dkp so far:

  • The single weblog database contains distinct content streams, viagra e.g. the bookshop is a online catalogue, usually seprated from news, gallery exhibition notifications and behind the scenes views on the print workshop
  • The bookshop features a shopping basket system I’m putting the finishing touches on. I developed this woven right into the code fabric – nope, couldn’t find a convincing plugin.
  • Display of books are sorted according to source, via customised meta-data fields,(using Custom Field GUI to ease standardised data entry) then sorted by the default chronology of system entry timestamps – which I would like to convert to date of publication in due course (by creating a loop around WordPress’s The Loop – which creates some perplexing implications for the ‘length’ of certain views of the content – the user-friendliness issues of which will probably be adequately addressed through the integrity of the navigational framework of the site.
  • The above especially when we add more interactive filtering and finding functions.
  • The navigation bars have been manually arranged and extensively modified to seamlessly integrate procedural as well static organisation. (Maybe the next version of WordPress will be less limited by alphanumeric organisation, or perhaps this would be ideally addressed by a plugin. Almost can’t resist giving developing that a shot.
  • We also use Image Manager – on which I would like to implement user specific access to functions, especially the delete function :- ( especially in view of the very slow ftp transfer rates we have to work with. I’m sure its just a matter of figuring out how. Since the site already successfully uses Role Manager. The darkside of hacking is the seemingly inevitable complexity that almost always exponentially increase while you’re out innocently engadging the extreme juggling act of trying to combine development with maintenance and sustainability.
  • Plan is to set up a blog in the new TAXI-000 site tomorrow morning, calling it Co-Lab. A blog forum that focuses on, and intends facilitation of synergies that lie in skills development/social responsibility/art/creativity/collaboration and general experimentation – and more along those lines, inspired in part ideology similar to that which positively oozes from TED

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