Sounding New Media: Immersion and Embodiment in the Arts and Culture / Edition 1

Sounding New Media: Immersion and Embodiment in the Arts and Culture / Edition 1

by Frances Dyson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520258991

ISBN-13: 9780520258990

Pub. Date: 09/04/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

Sounding New Media examines the long-neglected role of sound and audio in the development of new media theory and practice, including new technologies and performance art events, with particular emphasis on sound, embodiment, art, and technological interactions. Frances Dyson takes an historical approach, focusing on technologies that became available in the

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Sounding New Media examines the long-neglected role of sound and audio in the development of new media theory and practice, including new technologies and performance art events, with particular emphasis on sound, embodiment, art, and technological interactions. Frances Dyson takes an historical approach, focusing on technologies that became available in the mid-twentieth century-electronics, imaging, and digital and computer processing-and analyzing the work of such artists as John Cage, Edgard Varèse, Antonin Artaud, and Char Davies. She utilizes sound's intangibility to study ideas about embodiment (or its lack) in art and technology as well as fears about technology and the so-called "post-human." Dyson argues that the concept of "immersion" has become a path leading away from aesthetic questions about meaning and toward questions about embodiment and the physical. The result is an insightful journey through the new technologies derived from electronics, imaging, and digital and computer processing, toward the creation of an aesthetic and philosophical framework for considering the least material element of an artwork, sound.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520258990
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/04/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Ethereal Transmissions
The “Tele” of Ph_n_

2. Celestial Telegraphies

3. Aural Objects, Recording Devices, and the Proximate Apparatus

4. Death, Silence, and the Tape Recorder

5. Immersion

6. Embodying Technology
From Sound Effect to Body Effect

7. Atmospheres

Conclusion: Music and Noise
Notes
References

Index

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