Transversality

I found this interesting video earlier in the week via a friend/ musician Dylan (Royalston,) which caught my attention. Andrew Murphy writes in ‘The Fibreculture Journal, “simply put a transversal is a line that cuts across other lines, perhaps across entire fields – bringing the fields together in a new way, recreating fields as something else.”

I suppose my interpretation of the idea ‘transversality,’ in relation to a notion of media content, is something that is for lack of a better word multidimensional or could be interpreted in more than one way. Expanding this idea, the line may connect two institutions or completely separate fields altogether, (in a very broad sense.)

One of the key questions in this weeks lecture was ‘how are the issues involved usually framed?’ The example given in the outline was The Pirate Bay, which is an online website operated and founded in Sweden, where there are fewer restrictions in regards to the sharing of data. My understanding of ‘framing,’ is really how content can be engaged with and interacted with according to who is using it.

Isia Hashimoto’s comments on his video ‘1945-1988,’ “this piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.”

Hashimoto frames the 50 year period in the format of a minimal animation, using sound to create a beautiful yet haunting depiction of the incidences. I found my reaction to the video quite conflicting, which i’m sure was intended by the artist. While the format of the video was stunning and quite interesting, the subject was extremely dark and horrifying. Maybe Hashimoto’s idea behind the video was to create something beautiful out of something so awful.

Ultimately the idea of ‘transversality’ is quite complex but really just refers to the way in which content can be linked and understood.

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