In his presentation of Maurizio Bolognini's 90s art works,
Mario Costa, a professor of aestethics at the Naples
"The new technologies reintroduce with force the terms
of research carried out by the avant-garde and
make the renunciation of control, the irruption of
randomness, the reduction of the subject's role to a
residual possibility of choice... the absolute and
unavoidable conditions of every project.
Bolognini uses the randomness of out-of-tune television
signals (Interference works), makes computers
run on stochastic programs (Randomizing machines), provokes
an interactive randomness by using communication
networks (Interactive self-portraits)...
In this lack of expressive intentionality, this
renunciation of intervention with a by now exhausted
imagination and in this full acceptance of the
subject's weakness the signs are recognizable of the
technological sublime, which we are led to by the
actual techno-cosmos and which I have elsewhere
attempted to grasp and penetrate..."
In these terms the renunciation of control is implied
by new technologies themselves.
A short introduction of professor Costa's theory of
Technological Sublime is at the sites: