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The Resource When the machine made art : the troubled history of computer art, Grant D. Taylor

When the machine made art : the troubled history of computer art, Grant D. Taylor

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When the machine made art : the troubled history of computer art
Title
When the machine made art
Title remainder
the troubled history of computer art
Statement of responsibility
Grant D. Taylor
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "When the Machine Made Art covers the reception and criticism of computer art from its emergence in 1963 to its crisis in 1989, when ideological differences fragment the art movement. The text begins by identifying the various divisions between the humanistic and scientific cultures that inform early criticism. The fact that the first computer art has military origins and is imbued with various techno-science mythologies, places the movement at odds with artworld orthodoxy. Yet, while mainstream art critics reproach computerized art, a comparison between similar art forms of the era, such as conceptual art, reveals that the criticism of computer art was motivated more by the fear of the machine than by aesthetics. Dr. Grant Taylor shows that social anxiety, often fueled by Cold War dystopianism, posited the computer as a powerful instrument in the overall subordination of the individual to the emerging technocracy. But even though anti-computer sentiment abated in the late 1970s, computer art did not find acceptance. The book illustrates how computer art's exponents, desiring artworld legitimacy, traced its lineage back to modernism. Conversely, in the 1980s, art theorists, employing the latest critical theory, began critiquing the assumptions of modernism, and thus viewed computer art's modernist history as hopelessly outdated. And yet other critics reconciled computer technology with the critical insights of postmodernism, viewing the computer as a pluralistic agent that could challenge modernist conventions. Nonetheless, while postmodernist criticism enabled the formation of new discourses for emerging digital arts, it left computer art, which was committed to modernist and techno-science philosophies, in a state of crisis"--
  • "Examines the cultural and critical response to computer art, by identifying the destabilizing forces that affect, shape, and eventually fragment the computer art movement"--
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Taylor, Grant D
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
N7433.8
LC item number
.T39 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
International texts in critical media aesthetics
Series volume
volume 7
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Computer art
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
  • ART / History / General
  • Computer art
  • Computerkunst
Label
When the machine made art : the troubled history of computer art, Grant D. Taylor
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-320) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Unorthodox -- 1. Future Crashes -- 2. Coded Aesthetics -- 3. Virtual Renaissance -- 4. Frontier Exploration -- 5. Critical Impact -- Epilogue: Aftermath
Control code
857981711
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 337 pages
Isbn
9781623568849
Lccn
2013046891
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)857981711
Label
When the machine made art : the troubled history of computer art, Grant D. Taylor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-320) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Unorthodox -- 1. Future Crashes -- 2. Coded Aesthetics -- 3. Virtual Renaissance -- 4. Frontier Exploration -- 5. Critical Impact -- Epilogue: Aftermath
Control code
857981711
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 337 pages
Isbn
9781623568849
Lccn
2013046891
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)857981711

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