High-Tech Trash: Glitch, Noise, and Aesthetic Failure

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Univ of California Press, Dec 17, 2019 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 252 pages
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High-Tech Trash analyzes creative strategies in glitch, noise, and error to chart the development of an aesthetic paradigm rooted in failure. Carolyn L. Kane explores how technologically influenced creative practices, primarily from the second half of the twentieth and first quarter of the twenty-first centuries, critically offset a broader culture of pervasive risk and discontent. In so doing, she questions how we continue onward, striving to do better and acquire more, despite inevitable disappointment. High-Tech Trash speaks to a paradox in contemporary society in which failure is disavowed yet necessary for technological innovation.
 
 

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Contents

Andrew benson Status Update 2am 2011
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innovation and failure from Plato
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Claude e shannons model of communication for telephone
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Red noise Purple Haze black box
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Otto dix Kriegskrüppel War Cripples 1920
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Color as signalnoise
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visual noise in the new Photography
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data as style
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edward burtynsky China Recycling 05 2004
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edward burtynsky Fords Highland Park Plant 2 2008
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Jennifer baichwal and edward burtynsky Watermark 2013
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edward burtynsky Benidorm 1 Spain 2010 2013 still
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from the Classical to the ConsumerMathematical
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Andreas Gursky Tokyo Stock Exchange 1990
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Andreas Gursky 99 Cent 2001
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Chris Jordan Cell Phones 2005
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Paul b davis and Jacob Ciocci Compression Study 1 Untitled 23 Kanye West Welcome to Heartbreak 2009 music video still
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Rosa Menkman Demolish the eerie u25bcoid 2010 still
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Takeshi Murata Monster Movie 2005
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Takeshi Murata Monster Movie 2005
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The XRay sublime
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Pixars WallE 2008 stills
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edward burtynsky China Recycling 8 Plastic Toy Parts Guiyu 30 edward burtynsky Shipbreaking 04 2000
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edward burtynsky Shipbreaking 11 2000
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edward burtynsky Manufacturing 17 Deda Chicken Processing 33 Godfrey Reggio still from the film Koyaanisqatsi 1982
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edward burtynsky China Recycling 07 2004
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Miraculous Plastics Retrograde sublime
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duPont advertisement Saturday Evening Post ca 1947
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duPont advertisement Saturday Evening Post ca 1947
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Cover of Mobilia no 145 1967
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Message from the Gyre 2009
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Notes
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TAbLes
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Bibliography
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Index
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About the author (2019)

Carolyn L. Kane is Associate Professor of Communication at Ryerson University and author of Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art, and Aesthetics after Code.

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