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By Chris Salter,Andrew Pickering

In Alien Agency, Chris Salter tells 3 tales of art within the making. Salter examines 3 works during which the fabrics of artwork -- the "stuff of the realm" -- behave and practice in methods past the creator's cause, turning into unknown, magnificent, alien. learning those works -- all 3 deeply embroiled in and enabled via technology and know-how -- permits him to target perform during the experiential and affective components of production. Drawing on broad ethnographic statement and on his personal event as an artist, Salter investigates how researcher-creators manage the stipulations for those experimental, performative assemblages -- assemblages that circumvent dichotomies among matters and gadgets, human and nonhuman, brain and physique, realizing and experiencing.Salter reviews at the sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger (O+A) and their efforts to trap after which undertaking overlooked city sounds; tracks the multi-year undertaking TEMA (Tissue Engineered Muscle Actuators) on the artwork study lab SymbioticA and its development of a hybrid "semi-living" computer from especially grown mouse muscle cells; and describes a research-creation venture (which he himself initiated) that makes use of mild, vibration, sound, scent, and different sensory stimuli to allow audiences to event different cultures' "ways of sensing." Combining idea, diary, heritage, and ethnography, Salter additionally explores a broader query: How do new issues emerge into the realm and what do they do?

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