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Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow (Electronic Mediations)by Victoria (edt) Vesna
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Database Aesthetics examines the database as cultural and aesthetic form, explaining how artists have participated in network culture by creating data art. The essays in this collection look at how an aesthetic emerges when artists use the vast amounts of available information as their medium. Here, the ways information is ordered and organized become artistic choices, and artists have an essential role in influencing and critiquing the digitization of daily life.
Contributors: Sharon Daniel, U of California, Santa Cruz; Steve Deitz, Carleton College; Lynn Hershman Leeson, U of California, Davis; George Legrady, U of California, Santa Barbara; Eduardo Kac, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Norman Klein, California Institute of the Arts; John Klima; Lev Manovich, U of California, San Diego; Robert F. Nideffer, U of California, Irvine; Nancy Paterson, Ontario College of Art and Design; Christiane Paul, School of Visual Arts in New York; Marko Peljhan, U of California, Santa Barbara; Warren Sack, U of California, Santa Cruz; Bill Seaman, Rhode Island School of Design; Grahame Weinbren, School of Visual Arts, New York.
Victoria Vesna is a media artist, and professor and chair of the Department of Design and Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Book News Annotation:
The contributors of these 16 essays work at both the cultural and aesthetic level as they assess how artists have changed the network culture by creating data art and thereby shaping the flow of data that rises around us every day. Topics include the database aesthetics of everything, the database as a symbolic form, work in data and allegory, data converting into a novel, the database as system and cultural form in cultural narratives, the database imaginary in memory and archive, recombinant poetics and related database aesthetics, an aesthetics of dignity in database form, network aesthetics, game engines as embedded systems, and reports on a variety of projects ranging from interfacing to specific artistic works in which the database serves as source and inspiration. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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