Originally published in Kristan Horton’s Oracle, 2001.

Writing Down What Is Said

It  could   be  said   that   we  are   witnesses  to  a technological revolution.  To some  this revolution is a liberating force, to others it is a threat to humanity, but  to most  of us it simply  represents a series  of bewildering changes to  almost  every aspect of our  lives.   The  reaction from  artists is equally  varied.   The artist  Kristan  Horton,  for one, has  thoroughly embraced the  revolution, and  has wasted no time in incorporating technological innovations into  his art  production.  Nonetheless, Horton has not been  intoxicated by it; which  is to say, he has not succumbed to the allure of applying technology in art for its own sake.  Instead, he has managed to remain aloof in this  regard.  As such he  plays  the  traditional role  of artist  as  outsider by  exploiting  the  technology  to  help  us  see  it anew.  His Oracle project typifies  this approach to art.   Below I shall discuss some  of the  issues  that this project raises  concerning the nature of the relationship between speech and writing.

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Originally published 2013, in Rae Johnson’s Paradise Now

Elemental Drawing

The practice of drawing is thriving. The engaging works in this exhibition [Berlin, 2013] demonstrate the continued relevance of this medium. Yet, over the last century or so proportionally fewer and fewer artists display any allegiance to or talent in the traditional media of drawing and painting. Many other modes of visual expression have been developed during this period, from photography to cinema. These facts together with the recent explosion of digital technology might suggest, falsely, that drawing is on the way to becoming obsolete. So why is drawing still relevant in this electronic age? What follows is a meditation on drawing centred on answering this question.

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