Digital Art and Meaning: Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations by Roberto SimanowskiDigital Art and Meaning: Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations by Roberto Simanowski

Digital Art and Meaning: Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive…

byRoberto Simanowski

Paperback | May 20, 2011

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In a world increasingly dominated by the digital, the critical response to digital art generally ranges from hype to counterhype. Popular writing about specific artworks seldom goes beyond promoting a given piece and explaining how it operates, while scholars and critics remain unsure about how to interpret and evaluate them. This is where Roberto Simanowski intervenes, demonstrating how such critical work can be done.

Digital Art and Meaning offers close readings of varied examples from genres of digital art such as kinetic concrete poetry, computer-generated text, interactive installation, mapping art, and information sculpture. For instance, Simanowski deciphers the complex meaning of words that not only form an image on a screen but also react to the viewer’s behavior; images that are progressively destroyed by the human gaze; text machines generating nonsense sentences out of a Kafka story; and a light show above Mexico City’s historic square, created by Internet users all over the world.

Simanowski combines these illuminating explanations with a theoretical discussion that employs art philosophy and history to achieve a deeper understanding of each particular example of digital art and, ultimately, of the genre as a whole.
Roberto Simanowski is professor of media studies at the University of Basel.
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Title:Digital Art and Meaning: Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive…Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:May 20, 2011Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0816667381

ISBN - 13:9780816667383

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Table of Contents

Preface: Against the Embrace
Introduction: Close Reading
1. Digital Literature
2. Kinetic Concrete Poetry
3. Text Machines
4. Interactive Installations
5. Mapping Art
6. Real-Time Web Sculpture
Epilogue: Code, Interpretation, Avant-Garde
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"In a tightly interlocked set of readings of representative works ranging from concrete poetry to interactive installations, Roberto Simanowski makes a compelling case for a re-fashioned semiotic analysis that attends to the meaning produced by the formal intricacies of the work itself as well as by external processes of production and reception. In Simanowski, digital art finds the thoughtful, incisive, and erudite reader it truly deserves." —Rita Raley, University of California, Santa Barbara