Digital Art and Meaning Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations, Roberto Simanowski Γιάννης Κουκουλάς
Digital Art and Meaning offers close readings of varied examples from genres of digital art, including kinetic concrete poetry, computer-generated text, interactive installation, mapping art, and information sculpture. Roberto Simanowski combines these illuminating explanations with a theoretical discussion employing art philosophy and history to achieve a deeper understanding of each example of digital art and of the genre as a whole.
Against an aesthetic thought that privileges erotics over hermeneutics and performative presence over meaning, Roberto Simanowski demonstrates in critical detail how the web has not spelt the end of interpretation, but has complicated it. Mobilizing the history and theory of the avant-garde from Apollinaire and Dada to situationsim and aleatoric poetry, he analyzes salient examples of digital art and literature, engaging with the ways in which code and programming, hypertext, collaborative writing, and interactive installations challenge notions of authorship and audience, reading and writing. A major work on the aesthetics of the digital media by a superb close reader who cuts across literary and media studies and opens up new dimensions for the humanities. A must read for programmers and humanists, engineers and artists alike.
Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University
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