Practice What We Preach: An Analysis of Tactical Media as a Form of Networked Art Practice
Dublin City University
(at time of presentation)
Paul O’Neill is a New Media Researcher and Artist based in Dublin, Ireland. His interests and research relate to Tactical Media, Networked Art practice, Software Determinism, Remix Culture and Media Archaeology. This discourse is reflected in his academic background, a graduate of Dublin City University with a BA International Relations, he followed this with a MSc Multimedia also from Dublin City University and then completed an MA Art in the Digital World in the National College of Art and Design. Paul is currently in his first year of completing a PhD in the School of Communications in Dublin City University.
Tactical media has different interpretations depending on the context in which it is being used and applied to. Perhaps the most encompassing definition of tactical media comes from Kluitenberg who sees it as a combination of ‘activism, art, media and technological experimentation’ (2011). Groups like the Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) argue that it is a continuation of civil disobedience that is enabled by technological development and takes place online (1996). Raley and Bazzichelli agree with this but they situate it directly in relation to new media artistic practices based on methods of disruption (2009, 2013). Within the context of new media art practice, tactical media exists as both an artistic and critical response to neoliberal cultural, political and economic practices that occur in our contemporary post-industrial society (Raley, 2009).
By engaging with critical techniques associated with both new media art production and tactical media, including appropriation and remix interventions and glitch art, my practice-based research focuses on the relationship between new media artists, tactical media practices and the relevance of these practices on wider political and cultural discourse.