The Engagement Aesthetic: Experiencing New Media Art through Critique

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 23, 2013 - Social Science - 256 pages
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Long after painting, sculpture, photography, and film developed along with their materials - canvas and panel, marble and bronze, and celluloid film - a new generation of art has emerged in which digital, electronic, architectural, and performative materials have offered new forms for creative expression and experience. In much of this new art, the medium - no longer composed of passive materials - now embraces and challenges viewers to work as co-creators of aesthetic experience.

Starting from the impossibility of understanding this new and complex art solely within the framework of contemporary art history and criticism, The Engagement Aesthetic offers new modes of critique for new media works of art, literature, and performance that operate in complex ways. Blending a range of methodologies from phenomenology, art history, linguistics, and statistical analysis, Ricardo explores how a new kinship between individual participation, electronic media, virtual and actual space, and mediated language results in a new aesthetic of mutual engagement.
 

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Contents

Engagement as media metonymyThe aural as visual
12
Projective engagementTranscending the modernist grid
17
Engagement from objecthood to processhood
30
Engagement in virtual and actual gallery space
35
Nonlocal engagementThe aura of the distributed moment
35
Engagement as spatial chronotopeElectronic art and the public sphere
44
Engagement across space and structure in postarchitecture
44
Performative engagementDance with projective images
44
Engagement as postliterary mechanism an historical argument
44
Engagement as postliterary mechanism from exposition to reflexivity
44
Engagement as comparative communicationFormalisms of digital text
44
Shamanism Turing and ELIZA
44
Appendix
44
Notes
44
Bibliography
44
Index
46

Engagement as performed intimacyDepicting partobject desire visually
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Francisco J. Ricardo, Ph.D., writes about contemporary and new media art theory and criticism. Affiliated with the University Professors of Boston University, he is cofounder of the Digital Video Research Archive, and also teaches digital media theory at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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