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By Mark B. N. Hansen

In New Philosophy for brand new Media, Mark Hansen defines the picture in electronic artwork in phrases that transcend the purely visible. Arguing that the "digital snapshot" encompasses the total method wherein details is made perceivable, he locations the physique in a privileged place -- because the agent that filters details so one can create pictures. via doing so, he counters winning notions of technological transcendence and argues for the indispensability of the human within the electronic era.Hansen examines new media artwork and thought in mild of Henri Bergson's argument that affection and reminiscence render belief impure -- that we choose purely these photos accurately correct to our singular type of embodiment. Hansen updates this argument for the electronic age, arguing that we filter out the knowledge we obtain to create photographs instead of easily receiving photos as preexisting technical kinds. This framing functionality yields what Hansen calls the "digital image." He argues that this new "embodied" prestige of the body corresponds on to the electronic revolution: a digitized snapshot isn't really a hard and fast illustration of fact, yet is outlined via its whole flexibility and accessibility. it isn't simply that the interactivity of recent media turns audience into clients; the picture itself has turn into the body's strategy of perceiving it. to demonstrate his account of ways the physique filters details so that it will create photos, Hansen specializes in new media artists who stick with a "Bergsonist vocation"; via concrete engagement with the paintings of artists like Jeffrey Shaw, Douglas Gordon, and invoice Viola, Hansen explores the modern aesthetic funding within the affective, physically foundation of imaginative and prescient. The ebook contains over 70 illustrations (in either black and white and colour) from the works of those and plenty of different new media artists.

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