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Information Is Alive by Winy Maas

The archive has of late proven to be a powerful metaphor: history is viewed as an archive of facts from which one can draw at will; our bodies have become a genetic archive since being digitally opened up in the human genome project; our language is an archive of meanings that can be unlocked using philological tools; and the unconscious is an archive of the traumatic experiences that mold our identity. More and more artists and architects are developing software systems in which data is automatically organized into complex knowledge systems, a process in which the user is only one of the determining factors. Databases, software and archives increasingly form the inspiration for artistic interventions. Information Is Alive considers the artistic potential of these couplings via a selection of essays, interviews and projects by anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, philosopher Brian Massumi, writer Sadie Plant, paleontologist Simon Conway Morris, artists Margarete Jahrmann, Lev Manovich, Michael Saup, Jeffrey Shaw, Stahl Stenslie and others. Published on the occasion of the third Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF03).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789056623104
Publisher: NAi Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2003
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Manuel de Landa is an independent filmmaker, programmer, and computer artist who has also lectured and written extensively on theories of nonlinear dynamics and artificial intelligence.

Boris Groys is professor of philosophy and media theory at the ZKM/Sentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe and the director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He has published widely on modernism and the avant-garde, and is the author of many books, including The Total Art of Stalinism, One the New: Essays on Cultural Economy and The Logic of the Collection. A regular contributor to Parkett, Artforum and Art in America, Groys has written about contemporary artists Ilya Kabakov, Fischli & Weiss, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham and Richard Prince.

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