Immaterial objects in digital social networks. The "transactor object" as a new category of art.
How is it possible to initiate and maintain close relationships with people with whom we had never been physically close? Can we really know the other through this mediation? What is the role of technological devices with which we communicate? And the role of immaterial objects we exchange? øAre these objects involved in digital relationships beyond the will of the sender? Can they be considered as another participant in them? What happens in transit? Will traces of this mediations remain in the devices used? Besides, can we consider these exchanges as transactions?
We propose to call this objects as "transactor" objects: mediating objects through which communicative acts occur, and from which, incidentally, they do not go unscathed. Bear an intrinsic mobility, they are objects-in-transit, "objects of exchange" in two ways, as they are part of a transaction, -according to the economics use of the term- but also suffer and cause changes. Its ontological incompleteness induce instability and therefore movement. An incomplete object, clamped, is also a restless object. We use here the term transactor to name objects that possess potentially or temporarily, the quality of transport, modify and transmit with some autonomy and unpredictability one or more actions, of which they are part and constitute its changing ontology.