Ludin, Diane

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Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

I have been working on rendering aesthetic the intersection between the bio-(the body and organic material) and the informatic (cybernetic information and the Internet) through it's media-scape. I personalize innate subject matter by gathering and recycling popular public media with websites or devices that create portraits. I use a hypertextual, poetic, storytelling framework to represent not only the subject of focus but perform the meaning of fractures the subject undergoes in cybernetic, or more generally, contemporary representation. My work is interested in infusing a subjective struggle into the objects of our cultural organic through it's representation in contemporary media. I focus on topics that are disregarded or under-represented and defined as esoteric or marginal.

There is a language of imagery that speaks through advertising and journalism that develops what I call a public interface. This language's purpose is to build the public's understanding of biotechnology and reflect the social imaginary. Such public representations are perpetuating a profound misunderstanding of the practical realities in the labor and science involved in Biotechnology. My work takes on this mis-understanding to defy the distribution systems that perpetuate that lack of understanding.


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    Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Ludin, Diane (2006-11-27T15:43:11Z)
    Empire of the Senseless will speak many voices, filling it's databanks with the flexibility of fiction and the micro-mythologies of sequenced Organisms. The Empire's Organism lives and health will be evaluated and animated by the amount of public and economic attention given to it, the more attention and economic investment-the larger and more powerful the Organism. Empire of the Senseless will be an artificial environment of Organisms born in the realm of the senseless - computers that hold them as information objects. Empire of the Senseless will have off-line extensions and engage a shared social space with the assistance of Synthetic Witnesses. Synthetic Witness systems will transmit data collected about them into memories, this will include disputes over proper usage and reflect the discarded local context of an Organism's origin. Synthetic Witnesses will broadcast such data for each Organism. A Synthetic Witness for thai-jasmine rice, A Synthetic Witness for Indian-basmati rice, A Synthetic Witness for Indian-turmeric, a Synthetic Witness for Mexican pozol (a medicinal drink made from corn), etc.