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The Post-display Condition of Contemporary Computer Art


Juliff, T and Cox, T, The Post-display Condition of Contemporary Computer Art, Electronic Melbourne Art Journal, (8) pp. 1-16. ISSN 1835-6656 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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Recent exhibition attempts to recuperate and revise Conceptual Art — ‘Open Systems’ (2005), ‘Invisible: Art About the Unseen’ (2012) — have brought to the fore wider discursive concerns regarding coding, interfaces and artistic intentionality. Taking its lead from Rosalind Krauss’ seminal work on the post-medium condition, this paper argues that the continued privileging of interface/display-user inherent within artistic discourse belies a more nuanced reading of the critical relationship between artist and code. Furthermore, this paper explores new practices in Computer Art and its related theorisation by Tanaka-Ishii and Dominic Lopes, with a view to re-conceptualising the relationship between artistic intentionality, coding, interface and user input. Based on this re-conceptualisation we identify the ‘postdisplay condition of contemporary computer art’, a condition that neither privileges userdisplay communication, nor the space between code and user, but rather envelopes meaning production between all elements of an artwork.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:internet art, post-internet art, semiology, code, coding, contemporary art
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Visual cultures
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Juliff, T (Dr Toby Juliff)
ID Code:123835
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-01-30
Last Modified:2018-02-08
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