Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow by Victoria Vesna

By Victoria Vesna

Database Aesthetics examines the database as cultural and aesthetic shape, explaining how artists have participated in community tradition by way of growing info paintings. The essays during this assortment examine how a cultured emerges whilst artists use the big quantities of obtainable details as their medium. right here, the methods details is ordered and arranged turn into inventive offerings, and artists have a vital function in influencing and critiquing the digitization of way of life.
individuals: Sharon Daniel, U of California, Santa Cruz; Steve Deitz, Carleton collage; Lynn Hershman Leeson, U of California, Davis; George Legrady, U of California, Santa Barbara; Eduardo Kac, institution of the paintings Institute of Chicago; Norman Klein, California Institute of the humanities; John Klima; Lev Manovich, U of California, San Diego; Robert F. Nideffer, U of California, Irvine; Nancy Paterson, Ontario collage of artwork and layout; Christiane Paul, institution of visible Arts in ny; Marko Peljhan, U of California, Santa Barbara; Warren Sack, U of California, Santa Cruz; invoice Seaman, Rhode Island university of layout; Grahame Weinbren, tuition of visible Arts, big apple.
Victoria Vesna is a media artist, and professor and chair of the dep. of layout and Media Arts on the college of California, Los Angeles.

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Wikipedia, which has become one of the most popular reference sites on the Web, is a distributed, networked system of humans interested in sharing and adding to the collective body of knowledge. It follows similar principles as the Open Source community,32 which was foreshadowed by such visionaries in the 1940s as Vannevar Bush and H. G. Wells. Artists have traditionally responded to archives and databases and point to issues to consider when moving toward becoming an active participant in the global information architecture.

Sincerely, Bodies© INC. 12 Victoria Vesna Bodies© INCorporated was conceived as a response to the need of the Virtual Concrete online audience to “see” their bodies and it was informed by my research of MOOs, multiuser worlds, cyborgs, and avatars. I did not simply want to send back what was demanded, but to answer in a way that would prompt the participants to consider their relationship to the Internet as a corporate machine and understand the meaning of online representation. When I uploaded the questionnaire in Virtual Concrete asking the participants to “order” their imaginary body, it never crossed my mind to take it further than the realm of the conceptual.

One by-product of weather, communication, and scientific satellites that are regularly being sent into space is the junk that is created by humans eager to explore and control the airwaves. Almost thirty thousand items of space junk—objects large enough to track with radar that were inadvertently placed in orbit or have outlived their usefulness—are floating above our planet. Payloads that go into the wrong orbit, satellites with run-down batteries, and leftover rocket boosters, all contribute to the count.

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