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Snap to Grid: A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures

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In Snap to Grid, an idiosyncratic guide to the interactive, telematic era, Peter Lunenfeld maps out the trajectories that digital technologies have traced upon our cultural imaginary. His clear-eyed evaluation of new media includes an impassioned discussion--informed by the discourses of technology, aesthetics, and cultural theory--of the digital artists, designers, and makers who matter most. "Snap to grid" is a command that instructs the computer to take hand-drawn lines and plot them precisely in Cartesian space. Users regularly disable this function the moment they open an application because the gains in predictability and accuracy are balanced against the losses of ambiguity and expressiveness. Lunenfeld uses "snap to grid" as a metaphor for how we manipulate and think about the electronic culture that enfolds us. In this book he snaps his seduction by the machine to the grid of critical thinking.How can we compare new media to established media? Must we revert to a default dichotomy between utopia and desolation, the notion that media, even digital media, by themselves can redeem or damn us? As he answers these and other questions, Lunenfeld takes into account the post-1989 politico-economic context in which new media have developed and grounds the insights of theory in the constraints of production. Artists discussed include Mark Amerika, Char Davies, Hollis Frampton, William Gibson, Gary Hill, Perry Hobermann, JODI, Christian Möller, Adam Ross, Jennifer Steinkamp, Stelarc, and Diana Thater.

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In Snap to Grid, Peter Lunenfeld maps out the trajectories that digital technologies have traced upon our cultural imaginary. His clear-eyed evaluation of new media includes an impassioned discussion — informed by the discourses of technology, aesthetics, and cultural theory — of the digital artists, designers, and makers who matter most. "Snap to grid" is a command that instructs the computer to take hand-drawn lines and plot them precisely in Cartesian space. Advanced users regularly disable this function the moment they open an application because they value ambiguity and expressiveness more than predictability and accuracy. Lunenfeld uses "snap to grid" as a metaphor for how we manipulate and think about the electronic culture that enfolds us. In this book he snaps his seduction by the machine to the grid of critical thinking.

Synopsis:

An idiosyncratic guide to the interactive, telematic era, this book maps out the trajectories that digital technologies have traced upon our cultural imaginary. This evaluation of new media includes a discussion of the digital artists, designers and makers who matter most.

Synopsis:

How can we compare new media to established media? Must we revert to a default dichotomy between utopia and desolation, the notion that media, even digital media, by themselves can redeem or damn us? As he answers these and other questions, Lunenfeld takes into account the post-1989 politico-economic context in which new media have developed and grounds the insights of theory in the constraints of production. Artists discussed include Mark Amerika, Char Davies, Hollis Frampton, William Gibson, Gary Hill, Perry Hobermann, JODI, Christian M??ller, Adam Ross, Jennifer Steinkamp, Stelarc, and Diana Thater.

Synopsis:

Peter Lunenfeld maps out the trajectories that digital technologies have traced upon our cultural imaginary.

About the Author

Peter Lunenfeld is a Professor in the Design Media Arts Department at UCLA. Previous books include USER: InfoTechnoDemo (2005), Snap to Grid: A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures (2000), and the editor of The Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New Media (1999), all published by the MIT Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262621588
Subtitle:
A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures
Author:
Lunenfeld, Peter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge, MA
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
Mass Media - Electronics Media
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
Multimedia systems
Subject:
Computers and civilization
Subject:
Specific Subjects
Subject:
Digital media
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - General
Subject:
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Snap to Grid
Series Volume:
75
Publication Date:
20010824
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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"Synopsis" by , In Snap to Grid, Peter Lunenfeld maps out the trajectories that digital technologies have traced upon our cultural imaginary. His clear-eyed evaluation of new media includes an impassioned discussion — informed by the discourses of technology, aesthetics, and cultural theory — of the digital artists, designers, and makers who matter most. "Snap to grid" is a command that instructs the computer to take hand-drawn lines and plot them precisely in Cartesian space. Advanced users regularly disable this function the moment they open an application because they value ambiguity and expressiveness more than predictability and accuracy. Lunenfeld uses "snap to grid" as a metaphor for how we manipulate and think about the electronic culture that enfolds us. In this book he snaps his seduction by the machine to the grid of critical thinking.
"Synopsis" by , An idiosyncratic guide to the interactive, telematic era, this book maps out the trajectories that digital technologies have traced upon our cultural imaginary. This evaluation of new media includes a discussion of the digital artists, designers and makers who matter most.
"Synopsis" by , How can we compare new media to established media? Must we revert to a default dichotomy between utopia and desolation, the notion that media, even digital media, by themselves can redeem or damn us? As he answers these and other questions, Lunenfeld takes into account the post-1989 politico-economic context in which new media have developed and grounds the insights of theory in the constraints of production. Artists discussed include Mark Amerika, Char Davies, Hollis Frampton, William Gibson, Gary Hill, Perry Hobermann, JODI, Christian M??ller, Adam Ross, Jennifer Steinkamp, Stelarc, and Diana Thater.
"Synopsis" by , Peter Lunenfeld maps out the trajectories that digital technologies have traced upon our cultural imaginary.
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