"Database Aesthetics" examines the database as cultural and
aesthetic form, explaining how artists have participated in network
culture by creating data art. The essays in this collection look at
how an aesthetic emerges when artists use the vast amounts of
available information as their medium. Here, the ways information
is ordered and organized become artistic choices, and artists have
an essential role in influencing and critiquing the digitization of
Contributors: Sharon Daniel, U of California, Santa Cruz; Steve
Deitz, Carleton College; Lynn Hershman Leeson, U of California,
Davis; George Legrady, U of California, Santa Barbara; Eduardo Kac,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Norman Klein, California
Institute of the Arts; John Klima; Lev Manovich, U of California,
San Diego; Robert F. Nideffer, U of California, Irvine; Nancy
Paterson, Ontario College of Art and Design; Christiane Paul,
School of Visual Arts in New York; Marko Peljhan, U of California,
Santa Barbara; Warren Sack, U of California, Santa Cruz; Bill
Seaman, Rhode Island School of Design; Grahame Weinbren, School of
Visual Arts, New York.
Victoria Vesna is a media artist, and professor and chair of the
Department of Design and Media Arts at the University of
California, Los Angeles.
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