The Associated Milieu: A Machinic Assemblage between Artwork and Viewer

By Andreia Oliveira and Felix Rebolledo.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The concept of the associated milieu can be applied to the co-arising relationships that take place between an artwork, the viewer and the conditioning environment. The milieu allows for a reciprocal relational causality to emerge between these sub-ensembles so that we may conceive of spacetime as the immanent plane from where the subject and object arise. The associated milieu encompasses and overarches both the artwork and the viewer to create an open machinic assemblage which results in the generation of blocs of pure sensation made up of percepts and affects. In seeing the event as the dynamic becoming-conjunction of the environmental, the work and the viewer, the event presents itself as an individuation, as a subjective entity imbued with process where perception goes beyond the knower-known relationship to one of cognition of prehensive unity.

Keywords: Associated Milieu, Machinic Assemblage, Event, Artwork, Viewer

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.217-224. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 584.810KB).

Andreia Oliveira

Student, PGIE – Computing in Education, UFRGS – Brazil, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

BFA, UFGRS (Brazil); MA in Social Psychology, UFRGS; presently enrolled in a Multidisciplinary Ph.D. Program at UFRGS and at the Université de Montréal (Canada). She is a recipient of a prestigious scholarship (2007-2008) from the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – CNPQ. Her academic interest focuses on applications of digital technology and she has researched extensively the relationship between technicity and body in media art. Her expertise lies in the study of art and technology, as well as contemporary philosophy with special emphasis on subjectivity. She is a member of the NESTA (Subjectivity, Technology and Art Work Group) and Ways of Contemporary Subjectivation research group in Brazil. She also participates of the Aprendi Project, a web based pedagogical art-education project with the artwork from the MARGS - Museum of Fine Arts of Rio Grande do Sul. She has been published her researches in several academic journals and proceedings. Since 1992, her art practice is concerned with drawing and printing; she has participated in several collective exhibitions and one-person shows. Currently, her research–creation makes free use of electronic and digital technologies such as audio-visual projection.

Felix Rebolledo

Student, Specialized Independent Program, Concordia University, Canada

BSc Eng – University of New Brunswick (Canada); BFA Film Production - Concordia University (Canada); presently enrolled in a Multidisciplinary MA Program at Concordia University (Canada). His academic interests focus on digital technology, and spectator theory in cinema. He is a member of the SenseLab research-creation group (Canada) and on the editorial board of Inflexions.org. Currently, his research–creation makes free use of video and digital technologies.

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