Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow (Electronic Mediations)

Database Aesthetics examines the database as cultural and aesthetic shape, explaining how artists have participated in community tradition via growing information artwork. The essays during this assortment examine how a cultured emerges whilst artists use the tremendous quantities of accessible info as their medium. right here, the methods details is ordered and arranged turn into inventive offerings, and artists have an important function in influencing and critiquing the digitization of day-by-day life.


Contributors: Sharon Daniel, U of California, Santa Cruz; Steve Deitz, Carleton university; Lynn Hershman Leeson, U of California, Davis; George Legrady, U of California, Santa Barbara; Eduardo Kac, college of the paintings Institute of Chicago; Norman Klein, California Institute of the humanities; John Klima; Lev Manovich, U of California, San Diego; Robert F. Nideffer, U of California, Irvine; Nancy Paterson, Ontario university of paintings and layout; Christiane Paul, tuition of visible Arts in manhattan; Marko Peljhan, U of California, Santa Barbara; Warren Sack, U of California, Santa Cruz; invoice Seaman, Rhode Island college of layout; Grahame Weinbren, university of visible Arts, New York.


Victoria Vesna is a media artist, and professor and chair of the dept of layout and Media Arts on the collage of California, Los Angeles.

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