Elizabeth Swanstrom's Animal, Vegetable, Digital: Experiments in New Media PDF

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By Elizabeth Swanstrom

Winner of the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Literature

In Animal, Vegetable, Digital, Elizabeth Swanstrom makes a convinced and lively argument for using electronic paintings in help of ameliorating human engagement with the surroundings and indicates a four-part framework for examining and discussing such applications.


Through shut readings of a panoply of texts, artistic endeavors, and cultural artifacts, Swanstrom demonstrates that the department pop culture has for many years saw among nature and know-how is man made. not just is electronic expertise now not unavoidably a brick within the street to a dystopian way forward for environmental catastrophe, yet electronic paintings types could be a revivifying bridge that returns humans to a extra instant courting to nature in addition to their very own embodied selves.


To study and comprehend the intersection of electronic paintings and nature, Animal, Vegetable, Digital explores 4 aesthetic suggestions: coding, collapsing, corresponding, and keeping. “Coding” denotes the way in which artists use operational computing device code to blur differences among the reader and textual content, and, as a result, the realm. Inviting a fluid perception of the boundary among human and expertise, “collapsing” voids simplistic assumptions concerning the human body’s innate perimeter. the method of translation among common and human-readable symptoms that allows verbal exchange is defined as “corresponding.” “Conserving” is the applying of electronic artwork through artists to democratize huge- and small-scale maintenance efforts.


A attention-grabbing synthesis of literary feedback, communications and journalism, technology and expertise, and rhetoric that attracts on such disparate phenomena as simulated environments, games, and pop culture, Animal, Vegetable, Digital posits that partnerships among electronic aesthetics and environmental feedback are attainable that reconnect humankind to nature and reaffirm its kinship with different residing and nonliving things.

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