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From Technological to Virtual Art (Leonardo Book Series)

Frank Popper

Verlag: The MIT Press, 2006
ISBN 10: 026216230X / ISBN 13: 9780262162302
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Titel: From Technological to Virtual Art (Leonardo ...

Verlag: The MIT Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2006

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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: "Over three decades ago, when most of the art history establishment was cluelessabout technology-inspired art, Frank Popper was there recognizing its importance, organizing shows,and trying to help readers understand its implications. Taking advantage of this unprecedentedhistorical vantage point, his latest book offers an expansive survey of technology-inspired work inplastic arts, interactive media, installation, and net art, and explores the ways in which artistsintegrate aesthetic and cultural concerns to reveal new directions for humanizing technology."Stephen Wilson, Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts, San Francisco State University, andauthor of Information Arts. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_usedgood_026216230X

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In From Technological to Virtual Art, respected historian of art and technology Frank Popper traces the development of immersive, interactive new media art from its historical antecedents through today's digital, multimedia, and networked art. Popper shows that contemporary virtual art is a further refinement of the technological art of the late twentieth century and also a departure from it. What is new about this new media art, he argues, is its humanization of technology, its emphasis on interactivity, its philosophical investigation of the real and the virtual, and its multisensory nature. He argues further that what distinguishes the artists who practice virtual art from traditional artists is their combined commitment to aesthetics and technology. Their "extra-artistic" goals -- linked to their aesthetic intentions -- concern not only science and society but also basic human needs and drives.

Defining virtual art broadly as art that allows us, through an interface with technology, to immerse ourselves in the image and interact with it, Popper identifies an aesthetic-technological logic of creation that allows artistic expression through integration with technology. After describing artistic forerunners of virtual art from 1918 to 1983 -- including art that used light, movement, and electronics -- Popper looks at contemporary new media forms and artists. He surveys works that are digital based but materialized, multimedia offline works, interactive digital installations, and multimedia online works (net art) by many artists, among them John Maeda, Jenny Holzer, Brenda Laurel, Agnes Hegedus, Stelarc, and Igor Stromajer. The biographical details included reinforce Popper's idea that technology is humanized by art. Virtual art, he argues, offers a new model for thinking about humanist values in a technological age.

Über den Autor: Frank Popper is Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the Science of Art at the University of Paris VIII. He is the author of Origins and Development of Kinetic Art, Art, Action, and Participation, Art of the Electronic Age, and other influential works on art and technology.

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