Digital Mosaics: The Aesthetics of Cyberspace

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 14, 1998 - Art - 208 pages
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Gravity-defying sculptures that can only exist in cyberspace...an interactive opera in which members of the audience become part of the performance...fractal images that rival nature's greatest masterpieces.
Digital Mosaics is the first book to explore the new digital media and the variety of art forms emerging from our computer culture. It is destined to change our traditional perceptions and definitions of digital expression.
Through the works of cutting-edge computer artists, composers, and designers, Digital Mosaics explores the possibilities of the digital medium and how it radically transforms the way art is produced and understood by the audience. Presenting an astonishing collection of examples, Digital Mosaics illuminates the qualities that make digital expression different from all previous artistic endeavors. From his discussion of the changing meaning of "original" art -- digital creations are at once infinitely reproducible and essentially ephemeral -- to his insights into the impact this kind of art has on the relationship between artist and audience, Steven Holtzman gives readers an unprecedented look at the new aesthetic that is laying the groundwork for the digital and art worlds of our future.
 

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This work is an engrossing exploration of what Holtzman (Digital Mantras: The Languages of Abstract and Virtual Worlds, LJ 6/1/94) believes is a fascinating march into a cultural realm as compelling ... Read full review

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Many examples may not look radical anymore under the much more digitally mediated culture, but Holtzman provided some alternate perspectives on the direction and aesthetic issues for virtual world, with some main ideas still relevant to current context (his discussion on realism vs. possibilities in digitally conceived expression, needs for a deeper understand of digital aesthetics).
However, more contents on the theoretical side can be expected. As most discussions in the book are based on author's observation of the chosen works, the theoretical part seems less dense and sometimes not quite organized (which is hard to achieve given the scope of the discussion).
 

Contents

Wired Worlds
21
Virtual Worlds
41
Software Worlds
63
Animated Worlds
79
GhostDance
103
THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE
119
Digital Limited Inc
153
Mosaics
167
Dont Look Back
181
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Steven Holtzman is the author of Digital Mantras and the President and CEO of Perspecta, Inc., and serves on the board of directors of Liquid Audio and other Internet software companies. He lives in Woodside, California. He can be reached at steveh@shriek.com.

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