The Digital, the Arts, and the Humanities
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Part 1 examines precursors, contemporary theorists, and artists who are protagonists in this discursive drama, focusing on how the transmedia frictions and continuities between old and new forms can be read most productively: N. Katherine Hayles and Lev Manovich redefine medium specificity, Edward Branigan and Yuri Tsivian explore nondigital precursors, Steve Anderson and Stephen Mamber assess contemporary archival histories, and Grahame Weinbren and Caroline Bassett defend the open-ended mobility of newly emergent media.
In part 2, trios of essays address various ideologies of the digital: John Hess and Patricia R. Zimmerman, Herman Gray, and David Wade Crane redraw contours of race, space, and the margins; Eric Gordon, Cristina Venegas, and John T. Caldwell unearth database cities, portable homelands, and virtual fieldwork; and Mark B.N. Hansen, Holly Willis, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Guillermo Gómez-Peña examine interactive bodies transformed by shock, gender, and color.
An invaluable reference work in the field of visual media studies, Transmedia Frictions provides sound historical perspective on the social and political aspects of the interactive digital arts, demonstrating that they are never neutral or innocent.
University of California Press, 9780520383029, 416pp.
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
About the Author
Tara McPherson is Associate Professor at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts; author of the Cawelti Award–winning Reconstructing Dixie; editor of Digital Youth, Innovation, and the Unexpected; coeditor of Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture; a founding editor of both the International Journal of Learning and Media and of the online media journal Vectors. She is the Lead Investigator of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture and is completing Designing for Difference, based upon ten years of digital production collaborations.