Context providers : conditions of meaning in media arts.

By: Lovejoy, Margot.
Contributor(s): Vesna, Victoria | Paul, Christiane.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Bristol : Intellect Books, 2011Description: 350 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781841503080.Subject(s): Art | Digital art-Theoretical issuesDDC classification: 709.22LOV
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<p> Context Providers explores the ways in which digital art and culture are challenging and changing the creative process and our ways of constructing meaning. The authors introduce the concept of artists as context providers--people who establish networks of information in a highly collaborative creative process, blurring boundaries between disciplines. Technological change has affected the function of art, the role of the artist, and the way artistic productions are shared, creating a need for flexible information filters as a framework for establishing meaning and identity. Context Providers considers the work of media artists today who are directly engaging the scientific community through collaboration, active dialogue, and creative work that challenges the scientific.</p>

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Part 1:
  • Defining Conditions For Digital Arts: Social Function, Authorship, and Audience (p. 13)
  • Missing In Action: Agency and Meaning in Interactive Art (p. 31)
  • Collaborative Systems: Redefining Public Art (p. 55)
  • Play, Participation, and Art: Blurring the Edges (p. 89)
  • Part 2:
  • Contextual Networks: Data, Identity, and Collective Production (p. 103)
  • Aesthetics of Information Visualization (p. 123)
  • Identity operated in New Mode: Context and Body/Space/Time (p. 151)
  • Game Engines As Creative Frameworks (p. 175)
  • Mapping the Collective (p. 199)
  • Part 3:
  • Shifting Media Contexts: When Scientific Labs Become Art Studios (p. 233)
  • Biotechnical Art and the Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm (p. 243)
  • Working With Wetware (p. 259)
  • Defining Life: Artists Challenge Conventional Classifications (p. 275)
  • Art and Science Research: Active Contexts and Discourses (p. 299)
  • Index (p. 329)
  • Biographies (p. 345)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Context Providers assesses the content and context of media art through an examination of current technologies and the conditions of meaning. The focus is digital technology as a medium in which art is produced, stored, and presented digitally, in contrast to the use of technology as a tool. Three sections comprise 14 essays that address social function, authorship, and dissemination of art to its audience; networks concerning data representation, identity, collectives, and cultural production; and intersections with science that engage in active dialogue, collaboration, and the creation of work. The essays are rich with observations from artists, educators, humanists, scientists, and curators who address the recent histories of digital media and the ways in which media art and culture challenge and reframe ways of constructing meaning through the creative process and people's engagement with it. They are supplemented by notes and references and, when illustrated, are annotated with captions that offer further commentary. With its scope and potential for broad application in other fields, including sociology and communication, this volume is a useful addition to libraries serving both the arts and sciences. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. J. Decker Georgetown College