Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts by Thomas BartschererSwitching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts by Thomas Bartscherer

Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts

EditorThomas Bartscherer

Paperback | May 30, 2011

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Half a century into the digital era, the profound impact of information technology on intellectual and cultural life is universally acknowledged but still poorly understood. The sheer complexity of the technology coupled with the rapid pace of change makes it increasingly difficult to establish common ground and to promote thoughtful discussion. 

Responding to this challenge, Switching Codes brings together leading American and European scholars, scientists, and artists—including Charles Bernstein, Ian Foster, Bruno Latour, Alan Liu, and Richard Powers—to consider how the precipitous growth of digital information and its associated technologies are transforming the ways we think and act. Employing a wide range of forms, including essay, dialogue, short fiction, and game design, this book aims to model and foster discussion between IT specialists, who typically have scant training in the humanities or traditional arts, and scholars and artists, who often understand little about the technologies that are so radically transforming their fields. Switching Codes will be an indispensable volume for anyone seeking to understand the impact of digital technology on contemporary culture, including scientists, educators, policymakers, and artists, alike.

Thomas Bartscherer is assistant professor of humanities and director of the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College. He is coeditor of Erotikon: Essays on Eros Ancient and Modern, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Roderick Coover is associate professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple Universi...
Title:Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the ArtsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:May 30, 2011Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780226038315

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Thomas Bartscherer and Roderick Coover
 
I. Research, Sense, Structure
How Computation Changes Research
Ian Foster
We Digital Sensemakers
Mark Stefik
Scholarsource: A Digital Infrastructure for the Humanities
Paolo D’Iorio and Michele Barbera
Responses
“We Will Really Know”
Alan Liu

On Scholarship
Graham White
 
II. Ontology, Semantic Web, Creativity
Switching Partners: Dancing with the Ontological Engineers
Werner Ceusters and Barry Smith

The Semantic Web from the Bottom Up
James Hendler
Logical Induction, Machine Learning, and Human Creativity
Jean-Gabriel Ganascia
Responses
Relating Modes of Thought
William J. Clancey
Intelligence and the Limits of Codes
Albert Borgmann
 
Interlude
Figment: The Switching Codes Game
Eric Zimmerman
 
III. Panorama, Interactivity, Embodiment
The Digital Panorama and Cinemascapes
Roderick Coover
Re-place: The Embodiment of Virtual Space
Jeffrey Shaw, Sarah Kenderdine, and Roderick Coover
Response
Rewiring Culture, the Brain, and Digital Media
Vibeke Sorensen
 
IV. Re/presentations: Language and Facsimile

Electronic Linguistics
George Quasha in dialogue with Gary Hill

The Migration of the Aura, or How to Explore the Original through Its Facsimiles
Bruno Latour and Adam Lowe
Responses
The Truth in Versions
Charles Bernstein
Pamphlets, Paintings, and Programs: Faithful Reproduction and Untidy Generativity in the Physical and Digital Domains
Judith Donath

Epilogue
Enquire Within upon Everything
Richard Powers
List of Contributors
Index