New Philosophy for New Media (MIT Press)

Mark B. N. Hansen


In New Philosophy for brand new Media, Mark Hansen defines the picture in electronic artwork in phrases that transcend the simply visible. Arguing that the "digital picture" encompasses the full method during which details is made perceivable, he locations the physique in a privileged place -- because the agent that filters details with a view to create pictures. by way of doing so, he counters winning notions of technological transcendence and argues for the indispensability of the human within the electronic era.Hansen examines new media paintings and concept in gentle of Henri Bergson's argument that affection and reminiscence render belief impure -- that we decide upon simply these pictures accurately correct to our singular type of embodiment. Hansen updates this argument for the electronic age, arguing that we clear out the knowledge we obtain to create photos instead of easily receiving pictures as preexisting technical kinds. This framing functionality yields what Hansen calls the "digital image." He argues that this new "embodied" prestige of the body corresponds on to the electronic revolution: a digitized photograph isn't really a set illustration of truth, yet is outlined by means of its entire flexibility and accessibility. it isn't simply that the interactivity of latest media turns audience into clients; the picture itself has turn into the body's strategy of perceiving it. to demonstrate his account of the way the physique filters info with a purpose to create pictures, Hansen makes a speciality of new media artists who stick with a "Bergsonist vocation"; via concrete engagement with the paintings of artists like Jeffrey Shaw, Douglas Gordon, and invoice Viola, Hansen explores the modern aesthetic funding within the affective, physically foundation of imaginative and prescient. The publication contains over 70 illustrations (in either black and white and colour) from the works of those and plenty of different new media artists.

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