Lev Manovich is an author of books on new media theory and professor in Computer Science, his research and teaching focuses on digital humanities, new media art and theory, and software studies.
His book The Language of New Media offers the first systematic and rigorous theory of new media. He places new media within the histories of visual and media cultures of the last few centuries. He discusses new media’s reliance on conventions of old media, such as the rectangular frame and mobile camera, and shows how new media works create the illusion of reality, address the viewer, and represent space. He also analyzes categories and forms unique to new media, such as interface and database. Manovich uses concepts from film theory, art history, literary theory, and computer science and also develops new theoretical constructs, such as cultural interface, spatial montage, and cinegratography.
In this assigned chapter Manovich presents the five principles that govern new media: numerical representation, modularity, automation, variability, and transcoding.
You can easily spot these features in pretty much all computer based artifacts, but can you think of instances of [digital] art that specifically and transparently investigate these principles?
Find a project from the websites below that relates to one of these principles and post a short blog post describing the project and how these issues are thematized and explored (add at least one image or video).
Here you can find some good sites covering digital art, dig deep into the archives, stuff made a few years ago can be still very relevant.
Creative Applications Web links
Today and Tomorrow
Media Art Tube
This is colossal
Art & Electronic Media
Digicult – software art
We make money not art
VinylVideo, a project from the late ’90s tackles the issue of transcoding by imagining vinyl records as supports for video material. A new kind of video aesthetic is made possible by this surreal technology: a new type of glitch, a different way of consuming audiovisual material and a new capabilities (e.g. scratching and accessing videos randomly).