By Mark B. N. Hansen
In New Philosophy for brand new Media, Mark Hansen defines the picture in electronic paintings in phrases that transcend the purely visible. Arguing that the "digital snapshot" encompasses the whole strategy during which details is made perceivable, he areas the physique in a privileged place -- because the agent that filters info as a way to create photos. by way of doing so, he counters winning notions of technological transcendence and argues for the indispensability of the human within the electronic era.Hansen examines new media paintings and idea in gentle of Henri Bergson's argument that affection and reminiscence render belief impure -- that we decide upon merely these pictures accurately suitable to our singular type of embodiment. Hansen updates this argument for the electronic age, arguing that we filter out the data we obtain to create pictures instead of easily receiving pictures as preexisting technical varieties. This framing functionality yields what Hansen calls the "digital image." He argues that this new "embodied" prestige of the body corresponds on to the electronic revolution: a digitized photo isn't a hard and fast illustration of fact, yet is outlined by means of its entire flexibility and accessibility. it's not simply that the interactivity of latest media turns audience into clients; the picture itself has turn into the body's technique of perceiving it. to demonstrate his account of the way the physique filters details so as to create pictures, Hansen makes a speciality of new media artists who persist with a "Bergsonist vocation"; via concrete engagement with the paintings of artists like Jeffrey Shaw, Douglas Gordon, and invoice Viola, Hansen explores the modern aesthetic funding within the affective, physically foundation of imaginative and prescient. The booklet comprises over 70 illustrations (in either black and white and colour) from the works of those and lots of different new media artists.