Before reading both of these works I had a false pre-tense on what they were going to be about. On one hand I was not expecting such a deep conversation and theory from DJ Spooky and on the other hand I wasn’t expecting such “silly” comparisons (as Halberstam refers to them as) in her work because she is described as “someone who works in academic, theoretical, and cultural disciplines.” Although I was surprised: I would have to say it was a pleasant surprise.
I believe both of these works can allude to the conversation that we were having in class last week on what is considered “new”. There are many different sections and topics touched upon within Halberstam’s work; however, the topic I found the most interesting was when she was talking about bringing other academics into your own works. One sentence within that section that stood out to me was, “Academics are constantly involved in conversations with other academics, and the desire is to bring those conversations into your work, because that is what, sort of, has produced your thinking.” Halberstam was alluding to the topic of making your own works accessible to your audiences. However, I also take out of this section that she believes if you take from other works that it is not considered “new”: it is building upon another work. On the other side, DJ Spooky (along with all other DJs) believes that their art “takes the best out there and gives it your own take;” therefore, it is a new piece of work.
Although this is something that I believe the two artists would disagree upon, one large concept I believe they share similar values on is that the creation of the concept rather than the outcome is important. They both discuss the creative system that is involved in making works of art and the importance of that.
Both of these artists present very interesting ideas and concepts in their works and I believe a conversation between them within DJ Spooky’s studio would give us as the audience interesting points to consider.
Question: DJ Spooky explains how in the feature we will have technology as a core aspect of our existence- do you think this is true? Will technology become one of the driving factors in our life? Or will the people of the future be able to live life without technology?