“Negative” tends to contain the “positive”.. Hence the binary is misleading, I think.. If we have an absence of coffee art, then it doesn’t contain the presence of coffee art. However, the frequencies change when we go onto a more general level, absence as a way of imagining, of practising an imagination technology can still operate because it is There – as an absence. ie the absence becomes the substance. However, the presence, the general imagination of it and with substances, seem to be unable to have absence in and of itself. The absence, for presence, is linked – where as presence for absence is a constitutive substance..
Here are some links to usage of absence in art-linked projects/objects:
http://absence-.deviantart.com | http://absence.deviantart.com/
I wonder if stuff like early netart of error 404 is absence as well..