Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts

Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts

by Thomas Bartscherer, Roderick Coover

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Half a century into the digital era, the profound impact of information technology on intellectual and cultural life is universally acknowledged but still poorly understood. The sheer complexity of the technology coupled with the rapid pace of change makes it increasingly difficult to establish common ground and to promote thoughtful discussion. 

Responding to this challenge, Switching Codes brings together leading American and European scholars, scientists, and artists—including Charles Bernstein, Ian Foster, Bruno Latour, Alan Liu, and Richard Powers—to consider how the precipitous growth of digital information and its associated technologies are transforming the ways we think and act. Employing a wide range of forms, including essay, dialogue, short fiction, and game design, this book aims to model and foster discussion between IT specialists, who typically have scant training in the humanities or traditional arts, and scholars and artists, who often understand little about the technologies that are so radically transforming their fields. Switching Codes will be an indispensable volume for anyone seeking to understand the impact of digital technology on contemporary culture, including scientists, educators, policymakers, and artists, alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226038322
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
File size: 32 MB
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About the Author

Thomas Bartscherer is assistant professor of humanities and director of the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College. He is coeditor of Erotikon: Essays on Eros Ancient and Modern, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Roderick Coover is associate professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University. He is the author of the digital publications Cultures In Webs: Working in Hypermedia with the Documentary Image and Vérité to Virtual: Conversations on the Frontier of Film and Anthropology.

Table of Contents

Thomas Bartscherer and Roderick Coover   I. Research, Sense, Structure How Computation Changes Research
Ian Foster
We Digital Sensemakers
Mark Stefik
Scholarsource: A Digital Infrastructure for the Humanities
Paolo D’Iorio and Michele Barbera
Responses “We Will Really Know”
Alan Liu
On Scholarship
Graham White   II. Ontology, Semantic Web, Creativity
Switching Partners: Dancing with the Ontological Engineers
Werner Ceusters and Barry Smith
The Semantic Web from the Bottom Up
James Hendler
Logical Induction, Machine Learning, and Human Creativity
Jean-Gabriel Ganascia
Responses Relating Modes of Thought
William J. Clancey
Intelligence and the Limits of Codes
Albert Borgmann   Interlude Figment: The Switching Codes Game
Eric Zimmerman   III. Panorama, Interactivity, Embodiment The Digital Panorama and Cinemascapes
Roderick Coover
Re-place: The Embodiment of Virtual Space
Jeffrey Shaw, Sarah Kenderdine, and Roderick Coover
Response Rewiring Culture, the Brain, and Digital Media
Vibeke Sorensen   IV. Re/presentations: Language and Facsimile
Electronic Linguistics
George Quasha in dialogue with Gary Hill
The Migration of the Aura, or How to Explore the Original through Its Facsimiles
Bruno Latour and Adam Lowe
Responses The Truth in Versions
Charles Bernstein
Pamphlets, Paintings, and Programs: Faithful Reproduction and Untidy Generativity in the Physical and Digital Domains
Judith Donath
Epilogue Enquire Within upon Everything
Richard Powers
List of Contributors Index

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