The Metainterface: The Art of Platforms, Cities, and Clouds by Christian Ulrik AndersenThe Metainterface: The Art of Platforms, Cities, and Clouds by Christian Ulrik Andersen

The Metainterface: The Art of Platforms, Cities, and Clouds

byChristian Ulrik Andersen, Søren Bro Pold

Hardcover | April 27, 2018

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How the interface has moved from the PC into cultural platforms, as seen in a series of works of net art, software art and electronic literature.

The computer interface is both omnipresent and invisible, at once embedded in everyday objects and characterized by hidden exchanges of information between objects. The interface has moved from office into culture, with devices, apps, the cloud, and data streams as new cultural platforms. In The Metainterface, Christian Ulrik Andersen and Søren Bro Pold examine the relationships between art and interfaces, tracing the interface's disruption of everyday cultural practices. They present a new interface paradigm of cloud services, smartphones, and data capture, and examine how particular art forms-including net art, software art, and electronic literature-seek to reflect and explore this paradigm.

Andersen and Pold argue that despite attempts to make the interface disappear into smooth access and smart interaction, it gradually resurfaces; there is a metainterface to the displaced interface. Art can help us see this; the interface can be an important outlet for aesthetic critique. Andersen and Pold describe the "semantic capitalism" of a metainterface industry that captures user behavior; the metainterface industry's disruption of everyday urban life, changing how the city is read, inhabited, and organized; the ways that the material displacement of the cloud affects the experience of the interface; and the potential of designing with an awareness of the language and grammar of interfaces.

Title:The Metainterface: The Art of Platforms, Cities, and CloudsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.69 inPublished:April 27, 2018Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262037947

ISBN - 13:9780262037945


Editorial Reviews

Net art, software art, electronic literature: are they minor subcategories? Improvised designations for works and genres that might ascend one day into literary and high art canons? More likely, as Christian Ulrik Andersen and Søren Bro Pold suggest, our reception media and academic institutions are themselves being transformed even as literary, visual, sonic, and performative arts relocate in databases. Andersen and Pold are not the first to point out the ubiquity of these transformations. But I know of no other scholars who have brought to the fore so many digital artists and such varied examples of artworks that deal with interfaces-the ones that artists design themselves no less than the mainstream commercial interfaces they deflect, and critique.-Joseph Tabbi, Professor of English, University of Illinois at Chicago; author of Relocating the Literary