Inpact of New Technology on the Development of Culture
1. MULTI-CULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS BY SATELLITE - AN
ELECTRONIC GOLD MINE
a. An annual 3-week internation satelliteTV high-tech art
b. Commercialise peace via satellite
c. An international lobby group: to connect all TV-systems
of the world
- SATELLITE is the medium
- COMMUNICATIONS is the means
- PEACE is the message
2. MULTI-INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS IS THE
The following text was written in 1973. It will be used as
a basis for Mr Sjölanders comments today, 25 years later.
For the creation of paintings, works of graphic art,
free-standing sculptures and reliefs there is a fairly limited number of
materials and techniques; these have changed relatively little during the last
Even though new materials and methods have developed, the
artistic techniques in the areas of painting, graphic arts and sculpture have
kept their traditional character. A painting on canvas today has a technical
structure largely similar to that of a seventeenth century
The possibility of giving pictorial expression to the
artist's message is however not tied to traditional methods. For the majority of
people in the industrial countries, television, video newspapers and advertising
have become the dominant transmitters of pictures and visual images. Television
and video in particular have come to extend more and more widely through the
global development of distribution systems, and are frequently used as a medium
for other art forms, such as film, theatre and pictorial arts.
In this context it should be emphasised that it is
journalists, above all, who have been recruited to these areas and who have
therefore had an opportunity of exploiting the particular and specialised
resources which television and video have at their disposal. The fact that
pictorial artists occupy a subordinate position would seem partly to be
connected with the fact that art schools still limit their educational role to
the traditional creation of static images.
2. THE CREATION OF ELECTRONIC IMAGES
The work of artistic/technical development presupposes
that artists have access to specialised technical studio equipment.
Television has been in existence now for almost 50 years.
During this period a significant number of cultural programmes have been made by
artists. Very rarely, however, have these artists produced works directly
intended/designed for this medium. Although television per se is a
pictorial medium, it has primarily been used to transmit words. The stress has
been laid on 'tele' or the transporting/transmitting aspects of the medium, and
comparatively little attention has been paid to the conceptual element of
'vision'; that is to say those aspects having to do with the language of the
If one looks back on the history of art and makes
comparisons with the visual aesthetics used in television today, one is struck
be the fact that the greater proportion of all television production today uses
visual aesthetics dating back to the 16th century. As an example we may mention
the aesthetics of Cubism: this implied a visualisation of several different
points of view being given simultaneous expression and coinciding with the
discoveries by modern physics of Time and Space being only relative and not
absolutely fixed structures.
Cubism dates back more than 50 years, and yet, in a
television programme a few years ago it would be unthinkable to use Cubist
MEDIA DEVELOPMENT AND COMPUTER
This situation is however changing rapidly at the present
moment. During the last decades or so, a series of international artists have
initiated the construction of elctronic image laboratories, where they pursue
the development of new art forms through experimental techniques.
Those internatinal artists who have access to modern
electronic technology have been given the opportunity of realising, by a
creative process, their ideas concerning a truly visually-oriented language.
Artists with many different points of view and modes of expression have begun
working with computer/electronics/video, taking their point of departure in
their previous knowledge and training. Painters, sculptors, musicians,
photographers, composers, choreographers and others have approached this
medium with their own particular talents and creative methodology and all have
contributed to media development in the area of television film and video
and to a visual language characterised by greater awareness and
International electronic music studios have conducted its
work of development in music for nearly 30 years, those artists who have been
engaged in similar work within the visual arts field are mostly still obliged to
manage completely without any corresponding access to electronic
In a number of countries considerable sums have been
invested, for many years, in facilities for practical experimentation in both
the visual and audio areas.
THE ARTIST AS DESIGN SCIENTIST
The creation of electronic images (sometimes called 'video
art'), is an artistic development of visual language. Modern 'electronics' can
convert sound vibrations into visual structures, and image components into
patterns of sound, thereby giving visual expression to basic processes such as
growth and change. The essential definition of 'video art' is based on the
manipulation of video signals. Apart from the use of video to realise a series
of images in a temporal sequence, artists can also exploit television as a
physical, sculptural, object. At galleries they make 'installations' or
'environments' by placing one or more monitors or giant screen projections in
specific, related positions. Video cameras, too, 'incorporate' the spectator
into the work. In this way, it is possible to explore perceptions of what is
seen, as well as the psychology of seeing, in a living context.
An electronic image laboratory, however, should not be
limited to video. Another related area is the so-called computer animation
(computer-assisted and/or computer-generated images). This technique is based on
advanced forms of programming and opens up hiterto unimagined possibilities of
With the aid of electronics and laser the static image,
too, will have an interesting development in the fields of painting and graphic
arts. Attempts in this direction have been demonstrated in the form of 'video
paintings', or more precisely, electronic painting and computer
Those who claim that we live today in a visually oriented
culture are probably word-blind. Today's visual art and visual media, with the
possible exception of painting, still bear a master-slave relationship to elite
literature and popular journalism - in the beginning was the Word. The word is
power. People who can express themselves well and forcefully in speech and
writing, more or less automatically achieve positions of power... while people
who express themselves well in pictures, must often support themselves through
stipends and other grants.
The producers of words dominate the cultural columns of
newspapers, control official cultural policy and the most important visual
media. And generally exert a damnably important influence on society. The arts
in Sweden are infested by the speech chorus and the clatter of typewriters.
Authors write screenplays and become film directors. Journalists become
television producers (or programme directors) and make TV-films. Our entire
culture is beset by word-producers. Authors, journalists, investigators,
letter-writers, polemicists and critics. Who, in fact, knows anything about
pictures? And why do we understand so little about visual semantics? Photography
and motion pictures have existed for 100 years, television for 50. Despite this,
pictures have not attained more than a purely illustrative function. Why?
Probably, because most of our pictures are created by Word-people. In fact,
roughly half the items on TV today could just as well be broadcast on radio
Ture Sjölander 1973
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES - THE ROLE OF OF CULTURE IN AREAS OF
THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD HANGING IN THE
Every mother is in fact a 'single-mother', raising the
children alone 0-7 of age. Raising the boys to believe that they can not 'take
care' of babies/children. Raising the girls to believe that they can,
Within every mother raised boy (or girl too for that
matter) in the world, there will be a dormant Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton
(mother raised 100%.).
Within every mother raised baby girl in the world, there
will be another mother; 'single mother'....
The children's (babies') very basic human rights, the
rights of the child, to be, in time counted, equally exposed to both
parents, father and mother, from birth, are none. The childrens' right,
to have that equal access, from birth is none. A crime against the whole
humanity. All kids are 'kidnapped ' from birth, and that's why the males are
killing each other (in wars e.g.) and women do not.
Legislation seems to be the only solution if not 'power of
culture' can solve this traditional 'gender-war', the world will continue to
suffer, the next millennium too.
Stolen children means forever stolen adults.
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"There is little doubt Mohamed
Haneef received a raw deal from Australia.
"Despite his ill-treatment at
the hands of some - not least being the Australian Federal Police and the former
Immigration Minister, Kevin Andrews - Dr Haneef has been the epitome of goodwill
and decorum during his return trip to Australia for the first time since his
deplorable treatment at the hands of the AFP and the Howard government in
"However, a significant and important gesture was missing from the
"In a press statement, Dr Haneef claimed it was too
late for an apology from the government. I'm sure the compensation he is to
receive will ease the pain of what was patently a traumatic experience, in a
country that prides itself on egalitarian notions of a fair go for
"The investigation into Dr Haneef would eventually cost the
Australian taxpayer more than $8 million. Dr Haneef sought to make a new life
for himself, far away from Australia. This he did with success, despite the
AFP's persistent public declarations that the investigation remained open and
"Whatever the truth behind Mr Keelty's resignation as
commissioner of the AFP in September 2009, the fact is he never once felt it
appropriate to offer Dr Haneef a public apology for the mental and physical
anguish he received at the hands of his police force."
"Whatever the final settlement Dr Haneef will receive, he will once again
board a plane and depart Australia without an apology from the one person he
most deserves it from: Mick Keelty."
Josh Rosner lectures in political
communication at the University of Canberra.
23 Dec 2010
War against Error is not a Terror, but
Terrordriven Error is a Crime, as in this case! That's Why an apology shall be
served properly and publicly.
Ture Sjolander :
23 Dec 2010
The damage done to Dr Haneef is
irreversible unless he shall be appointed to be the Australian new Health
Minister or get a compensation in the 8 million dollar bracket so he himself can
publish a book world wide with all the documents over this whole
Without a public apology a million dollars is peanuts and if I was him
I would never ever thereafter set my foot in this country. That is maybe what
the government would like to happen.
Why are Courts and Governments so
extremely constipated before they can apologize?
Ture Sjolander :
23 Dec 2010
Law do not compensate people for wrongful arrests, unlawful arrests, and they
never make any public apologies.
The only dreadful "offer" you will get from
a Swedish court is "INCOMMUNICADO" after arrest, and that is what Mr Assange can
expect on arrival.
This is also the only reason why I don't never ever
personally would return to Sweden.
They gave me a "bribe" of $20.000 after 63
days solitary confinement in police custody 13 years ago, and no apology
whatsoever, after walking out as a free man.
My advise to anyone; don't
you even get close to this nation!