Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality / Edition 1

Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality / Edition 1

by Ken Jordan
     
 

"I recommend this book to you with an earnestness that I have seldom felt for any collection of historic texts," writes William Gibson in his foreword.
Tracing the fertile series of collaborations between arts and sciences throughout the twentieth century, Randall Packer and Ken Jordan present the often overlooked history behind multimedia—the interfaces,

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"I recommend this book to you with an earnestness that I have seldom felt for any collection of historic texts," writes William Gibson in his foreword.
Tracing the fertile series of collaborations between arts and sciences throughout the twentieth century, Randall Packer and Ken Jordan present the often overlooked history behind multimedia—the interfaces, links, and interactivity we all take for granted today. "Many of the papers that had profound impact upon my development—to say nothing of the entire industry—are here," raves Donald A. Norman, author of The Invisible Computer. In "an evocative whirlwind tour through 100 years of work" (Wired), Packer and Jordan bring together an "historically significant" (Slashdot) collection of the groundbreaking visions of scientists like Vannevar Bush, Douglas Englebart, and Norbert Wiener, and artists like John Cage, Nam June Paik, and William Gibson. Their insightful explanations of the core concepts behind multimedia provide historical context that "reads like a Western civ of modern media" (Film/Tape World).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393323757
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/16/2002
Edition description:
Expanded Edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
1,439,146
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Overture
1Outlines of the Artwork of the Future3
2The Futurist Cinema10
3Theater, Circus, Variety16
4Intermedia27
5The Great Northeastern Power Failure33
6Cybernated Art and Art and Satellite39
7Cybernetics in History47
8Man-Computer Symbiosis55
9Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework64
10Diary: Audience 196691
11Behaviourist Art and the Cybernetic Vision95
12Responsive Environments104
13User Interface: A Personal View121
14Modalities of Interactivity and Virtuality132
15As We May Think141
16Excerpt from Computer Lib/Dream Machines160
17Personal Dynamic Media173
18Spatial Data-Management185
19The New Workstation: CD ROM Authoring Systems198
20Information Management: A Proposal208
21Hypertext, Hypermedia and Literary Studies: The State of the Art225
22The Cinema of the Future239
23The Ultimate Display252
24Virtual Interface Environments257
25Academy Leader267
26Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace272
27A Room with a View286
28Changing Space: Virtual Reality as an Arena of Embodied Being293
29The Future of the Novel303
30Untitled Guidelines for Happenings307
31Will There Be Condominiums in Data Space?315
32The Fantasy Beyond Control327
33Is There Love in the Telematic Embrace?333
34Welcome to 'Electronic Cafe International': A Nice Place for Hot Coffee, Iced Tea, & Virtual Space345
35Mudding: Social Phenomena in Text-Based Virtual Realities352
36The Art and Architecture of Cyberspace370
37Agency380
Notes and References403
A Note on the Web Site422
Acknowledgments423
Permissions425
Index430

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