Digital Aesthetics and Critical Opposition

Johanna Drucker

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226165073
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226165097 | DOI:
Digital Aesthetics and Critical Opposition

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This chapter discusses criticisms of the notion of digital aesthetics. It explains that the notion that an image can be reduced to or rendered equivalent to a data file, algorithm, program, or any mathematical, quantifiable identity gives rise to a notion of digital identity as absolute and certain. This chapter also suggests that in certain instances the how of the digital environment is never quite precisely the same as the what and that the means and matter of expression only appear to be indissolubly unified in the mathetic condition of digital storage.

Keywords: digital aesthetics; digital identity; digital environment; mathetic condition; digital storage

Chapter.  2812 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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