Alexander Graf, Dietrich Scheunemann (eds.): Avant-garde Film (2007)

31 August 2009, dusan

This volume on avant-garde film has emerged as part of a wider reassessment of 20th century avant-garde art, literature and film carried out in the framework of a research project at the University of Edinburgh. It paves the way for a fresh assessment of avant-garde film and develops its theory as an integral part of a newly defined conception of the avant-garde as a whole, by closing the gap between theoretical approaches towards the avant-garde as defined on the basis of art and literature on the one hand and avant-garde cinema on the other. It gathers contributions by the most esteemed scholars in the field of avant-garde studies relating to the żclassicalż avant-garde cinema of the 1920s, to new trends emerging in the 1950s and 1960s and to the impact that innovative technologies have recently had on the further development of avant-garde and experimental film. The contributions reflect the broad range of different moving-image media that make up what we refer to today simply as żfilmż, at the same time as reconsidering the applicability of the label żavant-gardeż, to offer a comprehensive and updated framework that will prove invaluable to scholars of both Moving Image Studies and Art History disciplines.

Publisher Rodopi, 2007
ISBN 9042023058, 9789042023055
405 pages

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Jacques Rancière: Aesthetics and Its Discontents (2009)

31 August 2009, dusan

Only yesterday aesthetics stood accused of concealing cultural games of social distinction. Now it is considered a parasitic discourse from which artistic practices must be freed. But aesthetics is not a discourse. It is an historical regime of the identification of art. This regime is paradoxical, because it founds the autonomy of art only at the price of suppressing the boundaries separating its practices and its objects from those of everyday life and of making free aesthetic play into the promise of a new revolution. Aesthetics is not a politics by accident but in essence. But this politics operates in the unresolved tension between two opposed forms of politics: the first consists in transforming art into forms of collective life, the second in preserving from all forms of militant or commercial compromise the autonomy that makes it a promise of emancipation. This constitutive tension sheds light on the paradoxes and transformations of critical art. It also makes it possible to understand why today’s calls to free art from aesthetics are misguided and lead to a smothering of both aesthetics and politics in ethics.

Translated by Steven Corcoran
Publisher Polity, 2009
ISBN 074564631X, 9780745646312
176 pages

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N. Katherine Hayles (ed.): Nanoculture: Implications of the New Technoscience (2004)

31 August 2009, dusan

“Nano” denotes a billionth; a nanometer is a billionth of a meter. New instrumentation and techniques have for the first time made possible materials research and engineering at this level, the scale of individual molecules and atoms.

Extraordinary visions of material abundance, unprecedented materials, and powerful engineering capabilities have marked the arrival of nanotechnology, as well as dystopian scenarios of self-replicating devices running amok and causing global catastrophe. Largely a future possibility rather than present actuality, nanotechnology has become a potent cultural signifier.

NanoCulture explores the ways in which nanotechnology interacts with, and itself becomes, a cultural construction. Topics include the co-construction of nanoscience and science fiction; the influence of risk assessment and nanotechnology on the shapes of narratives; intersections between nanoscience as a writing practice and experimental literature at the limits of fabrication; the Alice-in-Wonderland metaphor for nanotechnology; and the effects of mediation on nanotechnology and electronic literature.

NanoCulture is produced in collaboration with the nano art exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (December 2003-September 2004), created by an interdisciplinary team led by media artist Victoria Vesna and nanoscientist James Gimzewski. NanoCulture is richly illustrated with images from the nano exhibit, which also provides the basis for an ethnographic analysis of collaborative process and an exploration of changing concepts of museum space.

The dynamic uniting these diverse perspectives is boundary crossing: between art, science, and literature; cultural imaginaries, scientific facts, and technological possibilities; actual. virtual, and hybrid spaces; the science of fictions and the fictions of science; and utopian dreams, material constraints, and dystopian nightmares.

The first book-length study focus on cultural implications of nanotechnology, NanoCulture breaks new ground in showing the importance of the new technoscience to contemporary culture and of culture to the development, interpretation, and future of this technoscience.

Publisher Intellect Books, 2004
ISBN 1841501131, 9781841501130
255 pages

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Viktor Šik: Umění 2.0 – umělecká tvorba v kontextu sociální sítě (2008) [Czech]

31 August 2009, dusan

Cílem této práce je nalézt a popsat umění v prostředí internetových služeb označovaných pojmem web 2.0. V úvodu budou vedle sebe postaveny protikladné názory ohledně tohoto nového fenoménu související především s kulturou a uměleckou kreativitou jako takovou. Za úkol si tato práce také klade zjistit, jaké postavení umělci v prostředí webu 2.0 zaujímají. Práce se přitom dělí na dva okruhy: První z nich prozkoumává služby sociálních sítí zabývající se samotným uměním a poskytující prostor především amatérským, ale i profesionálním umělcům. Opačný pohled zaujímá druhý okruh, který hledá umělecká díla využívající nástrojů a dat sociálních sítí. Jde přitom jak o díla umístěná přímo v prostředí webu, tak i o galerijní instalace. Výsledkem je zmapování nejzajímavější a nejpřínosnější umělecké tvorby.

Klíčová slova
web 2.0, umění, nová média, umění nových médií, internet, sociální síť, mashup, autor, umělecká kreativita, kyberkultura, art, new media, social network, cyberculture, author, artistic creativity

Bakalářská diplomová práce
Masarykova univerzita, Filozofická fakulta, Obecná teorie a dějiny umění a kultury/Teorie interaktivních médií
Vedoucí práce: Mgr. Jana Horáková, Ph.D.
Brno: FF MU, 2008

Art 2.0 – Artistic Creativity in a Context of Social Network
This piece of work aims to find and describe the art in the internet, more specifically in the web 2.0 environment. Firstly, contradictory opinions regarding this new phenomenon related mostly to culture and artistic creativity are laid and compared. Secondly, the goal is to find out the status that web 2.0 artists adopt. This piece of work divides into two parts: The first part explores services of social networks which provide space for either amateur and professional artists. Antagonistic view is given by the second part where it is searched for artistic masterpieces created using tools and data provided by the social networks. Both web presented pieces and gallery installations are considered. A map of the most interesting and contributing art work will become the final result of this piece of work.

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Martin Beťko: Hysteria.sk a Kyberia.sk – sonda do virtuálnej komunity (2008) [Slovak]

31 August 2009, dusan

Táto práca sa zaoberá problematikou nových médií a ich potenciálom k spoločenskej zmene. Práca pozostáva z troch častí. V prvej z nich sa autor snaží problematiku vymedziť v rámci kontextu technooptimistickej a technopesimistickej debaty a zaujať v nej svoje stanovisko, v zvyšných dvoch sa potom svoje argumenty snaží doložiť na príkladoch dvoch prípadových štúdií. V prípade oboch štúdií ide o mikrospoločenstvá – komunity, pri ktorých zrode a vývoji zohrala kľúčovú úlohu informačná technológia, ktorá je v centre súčasného záujmu mediálnych teoretikov – Internet. Hystéria.sk bola diskusným serverom, ktorý v období rokov 1998 – 2006 združovala početnú hackerskú komunitu. Jej fungovanie bolo úzko naviazané na využívanie sledovaného média a viedlo u členov k vytvoreniu špecifických návykov a subkultúrnych prvkov. Kybéria.sk je komunitným diskusným webom bez užšieho zamerania združujúcim v súčasnosti asi 7 500 užívateľov. Jej komunitný charakter vyplýva zo zdieľania spoločného virtuálneho prostredia tvoreného fórami, článkami a osobnými denníkmi. Hoci oba fenomény fungovali istú dobu viac menej oddelene, existovali medzi nimi silné podobnosti ktoré nakoniec viedli k zblíženiu oboch komunít a ich následnému prepojeniu. Tieto podobnosti zahrňovali: decentralizovaný charakter vyplývajúci z nedôvery k autoritám, komunitný charakter charakterizovaný pocitom blízkosti a samotné zameranie oboch serverov, ktoré zahrňovalo voľnú distribúciu informácií medzi užívateľmi. O pozitívnom charaktere týchto atribútov a ich možnom prínose pri ďalšom vývoji spoločnosti sa autor snaží čitateľa presvedčiť v závere práce.

Kľúčové slová
hysteria.sk, kyberia.sk, virtualni komunita, informacni spolecnost, technologie, internet, kyberkultura, hacker

Diplomová práce
Masarykova Univerzita v Brně, Fakulta sociálních studií, Katedra mediálních studií a žurnalistiky
Vedoucí práce: Mgr. David Kořínek
Brno: FSS MU, 2008

Hysteria.sk and Kyberia.sk – a historical and ideological probe into the virtual community
This work is dealing with the issue of new media and their capability to push ahead changes in society. It consists of three basic parts. The main effort of the first part is to situate the issue within the context of the technooptimistic and the technopessimistic debate, the other two parts are basically case studies, which are supposed to support the arguments of the author. The subject of both of these studies are communities, which came to existence in close connection with the proliferation of the new information technology called the Internet. Hysteria.sk has been a discussion server, which became a home for a numerous hacker community during the period of 1998 – 2006. The everyday life of the community was strongly influenced by the usage of Internet and computers and led to the prominence of specific behavior patterns and subcultural elements. Kyberia.sk is a community website with a current population of 7 500 users. Its community character is gained by a shared experience in a common virtual environment. Even though both of these servers are basically alone standing phenomena, they have some strong similarities: stress on decentralization, their community character (cohesiveness) and free flow of information between users. At the very end of the work the author claims these characteristics to have the capability to change (in a good way) the evolution of the society.

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