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Digital Art and MeaningReading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations$
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Roberto Simanowski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816667376

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816667376.001.0001

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Code, Interpretation, Avant-Garde

Code, Interpretation, Avant-Garde

(p.208) Epilogue Code, Interpretation, Avant-Garde
Digital Art and Meaning

Roberto Simanowski

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter assesses the problem of meaning in relation to aesthetic theories of presence and event. It supports narcissistic erotics of interpretation and considers ironic and multiple-perspective readings as appropriate methods of criticism. It raises the question of the extent of familiarity critics need for coding; the effect of the specificities of the code on close readings produced from complementary humanities perspective; and the impact of understanding art based on the paradigm of programming on the experience of art. It also examines the issue of digital art and the avant-garde.

Keywords:   aesthetic theories, narcissistic erotics, criticism, coding, complementary humanities perspective, paradigm of programming, digital art, avant-garde

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