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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