Digital Mosaics: The Aesthetics of Cyberspace

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Simon & Schuster, 1997 - Art - 206 pages
As the internet and digital media become increasingly familiar presences in our daily lives, our encounters with the digital world become more frequent -- we get news on-line, we shop and book travel on the Web, we play games on our CD-ROMs.Yet we still haven't fully realized the potential of digital media to take us beyond what traditional media -- such as newspapers, books, TV, or film -- have to offer.It is precisely because the digital medium is so radically different, says Steven Holtzman, that it will influence not only the way we communicate, but also the way we think and create.Through the work of artists and designers on the cutting edge of technology, Digital Mosaics explores the possibilities of digital expression: gravity-defying sculptures that can exist in cypberspace, a newspaper that communicates at a glance the relationships among various news stories, an interactive opera in which members of the audience become members of the audience become part of the performance.Holtzman also shows us how computer pioneers are now able to produce works of astonishing complexity and intelligence, dynamic worlds full of creatures that grow and evolve, music that perpetuates itself, and beautiful fractal images that rival nature's masterpieces.Holtzman examines the unique qualities of these on-line experiences.Digital art is infinitely reproducible (there is no "original"), and yet is ephemeral.The digital experience is interactive, not passive, and this will change the way we look at and experience digital worlds.The traditional boundary between the audience and the artist will become only more blurred.And while the digital world links individuals to a global community, it is also a place in which individual expression will flourish as never before.The computer, says Holtzman, does not replace books, painting, photography, film, or theater.It is a new medium that will give rise to entirely new forms of creative expression.Insightful, thought-provoking, and illustrated throughout, Digital Mosaics is the thoughtful traveler's guide to the digital worlds of our future.

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DIGITAL MOSAICS: The Aesthetics of Cyberspace

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This study of the impact of emerging technologies on the arts is instructive and informative, but lapses into elitist ramblings by its end. In this tour of various virtual worlds—from audio to ... Read full review

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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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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

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