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.