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A Companion to Digital Art

A Companion to Digital Art

Christiane Paul

ISBN: 978-1-118-47521-8

Mar 2016, Wiley-Blackwell

632 pages

$156.99

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Reflecting the dynamic creativity of its subject, this definitive guide spans the evolution, aesthetics, and practice of today’s digital art, combining fresh, emerging perspectives with the nuanced insights of leading theorists.

  • Showcases the critical and theoretical approaches in this fast-moving discipline
  • Explores the history and evolution of digital art; its aesthetics and politics; as well as its often turbulent relationships with established institutions
  • Provides a platform for the most influential voices shaping the current discourse surrounding digital art, combining fresh, emerging perspectives with the nuanced insights of leading theorists
  • Tackles digital art’s primary practical challenges – how to present, document, and preserve pieces that could be erased forever by rapidly accelerating technological obsolescence
  • Up-to-date, forward-looking, and critically reflective, this authoritative new collection is informed throughout by a deep appreciation of the technical intricacies of digital art

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List of Figures ii

Notes on Contributors iii

Acknowledgements iv

INTRODUCTION ov

From Digital to Post-Digital — Evolutions of an Art Form v
Christiane Paul

PART I: HISTORIES OF DIGITAL ART

1 The Complex and Multifarious Expression of Digital Art and its Impact on Archives and Humanities
Oliver Grau

2 International Networks of Early Digital Arts
Darko Fritz

3 Art in the Rear-View Mirror: The Media-Archaeological Tradition in Art
Erkki Huhtamo

4 Proto-Media Art: Revisiting Japanese Postwar Avant-garde Art
Machiko Kusahara

5 Generative Art Theory
Philip Galanter

6 Digital Art at the Interface of Technology and Feminism
Jennifer Way

07 The Hauntology of the Digital Image
Charlie Gere

8 Participatory Art: Histories and Experiences of Display
Rudolf Frieling

PART II: AESTHETICS OF DIGITAL ART

9 Small Abstract Aesthetics
Max Bense

10 Aesthetics of the Digital
Sean Cubitt

11 Computational Aesthetics
M. Beatrice Fazi and Matthew Fuller

12 Participatory Platforms and the Emergence of Art
Olga Goriunova

13 Interactive Art: Interventions in/to Process
Nathaniel Stern

14 The Cultural Work of Public Interactives
Anne Balsamo

PART III: NETWORK CULTURES: THE POLITICS OF DIGITAL ART

15 Shockwaves in the New World Order of Information and Communication
Armin Medosch

16 Critical Intelligence in Art and Digital Media
Konrad Becker

17 The Silver Age of Social Media: Nettime.org and the Avant-Garde of the 90s
McKenzie Wark

18 Art in the Corporatized Sphere: The Impact of Commercial Social Media on Online Artistic Practice
Kyle Chayka

19 Big Data and Artistic Visualization
Lev Manovich

20 Critical Play: The Productive Paradox
Mary Flanagan

PART IV: DIGITAL ART AND THE INSTITUTION

21 Contemporary Art and New Media: Digital Divide or Hybrid Discourse?
Edward A. Shanken

22 One of Us! On the Coupling of New Media Art and Art Institutions
Richard Rinehart

23 The Digital Arts In and Out of the Institution — Where to Now?
Sarah Cook

24 Digital Conservation - Tools, Methods, Strategies
Ben Fino-Radin

25 Trusting Amateurs with Our Future
Jon Ippolito

26 Enabling the Future, or How to Survive FOREVER
Annet Dekker

27 Exhibition Histories and Futures: The Importance of Participation and Audiences
Beryl Graham