From Point to Pixel: A Genealogy of Digital Aesthetics by Meredith HoyFrom Point to Pixel: A Genealogy of Digital Aesthetics by Meredith Hoy

From Point to Pixel: A Genealogy of Digital Aesthetics

byMeredith Hoy

Paperback | January 3, 2017

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In this fiercely ambitious study, Meredith Anne Hoy seeks to reestablish the very definitions of digital art and aesthetics in art history. She begins by problematizing the notion of digital aesthetics, tracing the nineteenth- and twentieth-century movements that sought to break art down into its constituent elements, which in many ways predicted and paved the way for our acceptance of digital art. Through a series of case studies, Hoy questions the separation between analog and digital art and finds that while there may be sensual and experiential differences, they fall within the same technological categories. She also discusses computational art, in which the sole act of creation is the building of a self-generating algorithm. The medium isn’t the message—what really matters is the degree to which the viewer can sense a creative hand in the art.
MEREDITH ANNE HOY is an assistant professor of art history and theory in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University.
Title:From Point to Pixel: A Genealogy of Digital AestheticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Dartmouth College PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1512600229

ISBN - 13:9781512600223

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Digital: An Aesthetic Ontology
From Analog Pictures to Digital Notations
Points, Divisions, and Pixels: From Modern to Contemporary Digitality
Vasarely, Watz, and the New Abstraction: From Op Art to Generative Art
Spectral Analogies: From Wall Drawing to the Art of Programming
Conclusion: Amalgamations: From Digital Painting to Information Visualization

Editorial Reviews

“Meredith Hoy’s timely, incisive, and analytically rigorous book investigates the nature of a specifically digital aesthetics in contemporary art in part by examining its precursors in earlier experiments in making configurations in terms of the minimum visible units of pictorial representation and artistic form and in part by interrogating the supposed difference between analog and digital media of contemporary art-making. This is a must-read for students and scholars of modern and contemporary art and of digital horizons in art, aesthetics, and image-making technology.” - Whitney Davis, Pardee Professor of History & Theory of Ancient & Modern Art University of California at Berkeley; author of A General Theory of Visual Culture