chapter by Manovich and Douglass in IMAGERY IN THE 21st CENTURY (The MIT Press)


Edited by Oliver GRAU with Thomas VEIGL
MIT-Press, Cambridge/Mass, 2011.
English, 424 pages, 132 coloured and b/w illustrations
Hardcover 29.99 Euro
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-01572-1, ISBN-10: 0-262-01572-2

Artists and Researchers from the natural sciences and the humanities examine the latest revolution around the Image and its impact for our time.

With contributions by Marie-Luise ANGERER, Olaf BREIDBACH, Adrian David CHEOK, Wendy CHUN, Sean CUBITT, James ELKINS, Oliver GRAU, Stefan HEIDENREICH, Eduardo KAC, Martin KEMP, Harald KRAEMER, Lev MANOVICH & Jeremy DOUGLASS, Tim Otto ROTH & Andreas DEUTSCH, Martin SCHULZ, Christa SOMMERER & Laurent MIGNONNEAU, David & Dolores STEINMAN, Thomas VEIGL, Martin WARNKE and Peter WEIBEL.

We are surrounded by images as never before: on Flickr, Facebook, and YouTube; on thousands of television channels; in digital games and virtual worlds; in media art and science. Without new efforts to visualize complex ideas, structures, and systems, today's information explosion would be unmanageable. The digital image represents endless options for manipulation; images seem capable of changing interactively or even autonomously. This volume offers systematic and interdisciplinary reflections on these new image worlds and new analytical approaches to the visual.

Imagery in the 21st Century examines this revolution in various fields, with researchers from the natural sciences and the humanities meeting to achieve a deeper understanding of the meaning and impact of the image in our time.

The contributors explore and discuss new critical terms of multidisciplinary scope, from database economy to the dramaturgy of hypermedia, from visualizations in neurosciences to the image in bio art. They consider the power of the image in the development of human consciousness, pursue new definitions of visual phenomena, and examine new tools for image research and visual analysis. The goal is to expand visual competence in investigating new visual worlds and to build cross-disciplinary exchanges among the arts, humanities, and natural sciences.

Oliver Grau is Chair Professor for Image Science and Head of the Department at Danube-University. He is the author of Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion (2003) and editor of MediaArtHistories (2007) both published by the MIT Press and of Mediale Emotionen (Fischer 2005). Thomas Veigl is on the scientific staff of the Department for Image Science at the Danube-University Krems.

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