I like to think of my work as creating and sharing knowledge. Like Jack Burnham, who thought of art as a “psychic dress rehearsal for the future,” I’m especially interested in the way artists create working models that allow us to get a taste of alternative futures in the present. Throughout history, artists have often developed and employed emerging technologies and scientific ideas in this pursuit. Burnham also thought of artists as “deviation amplifiers” and I admire how artists are involved in “perverting technological correctness” to use the words of Raphael Lozano-Hemmer. By deploying technology in a metacritical way, artists offer profound insights into emerging technological modalities and related social practices. Although many artists are superb problem solvers, many are also outstanding trouble-makers, who identify problems and push them to a state of hypertrophy, so that they cannot be ignored. I believe that art, at its best, offers deep insight – a type of knowledge that Gregory Bateson likened to wisdom – that can help build a more compassionate and peaceful future.
I hope you find the contents of this site insightful.
Site History: My original site was created in 2000 using Netscape Communicator’s web editor. From 2004-2008, I used the same basic design for artexetra.com. In 2009, I decided it was high time for a change and chose WordPress to organize my website. artexetra is a dual homage. ARTEX, developed by Robert Adrian with IP Sharp Associates, was the first computer networking platform designed for use by artists. artexeta is also palindrome inspired by palindromephile and kinetic artist François Morellet. In my work as an art historian/art futurian, I like to look at things both forwards and backwards…
For more information about me, please see my Bio/CV.
Cheers! Ed Shanken