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SpecLab Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing

ISBN-10: 0226165086

ISBN-13: 9780226165080

Edition: 2009

Authors: Johanna Drucker, J. Drucker

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Nearly a decade ago, Johanna Drucker cofounded the University of Virginia's SpecLab, a digital humanities laboratory dedicated to risky projects with serious aims. InSpecLabshe explores the implications of these radical efforts to use critical practices and aesthetic principles against the authority of technology based on analytic models of knowledge. Inspired by the imaginative frontiers of graphic arts and experimental literature and the technical possibilities of computation and information management, the projects Drucker engages range from Subjective Meteorology to Artists' Books Online to the as yet unrealized 'Patacritical Demon, an interactive tool for exposing the structures that underlie our interpretations of text. Illuminating the kind of future such experiments could enable,SpecLabfunctions as more than a set of case studies at the intersection of computers and humanistic inquiry. It also exemplifies Drucker's contention that humanists must play a role in designing models of knowledge for the digital agemodels that will determine how our culture will function in years to come.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Johanna Drucker is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of several books, including The Visible Word, The Alphabetic Labyrinth, The Century of Artists' Books, and Figuring the Word.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Background to SpecLab
Speculative Computing
From Digital Humanities to Speculative Computing
Speculative Computing: Basic Principles and Essential Distinctions
Projects At Speclab
Temporal Modeling
Ivanhoe
Subjective Meteorology: A System of Mapping Personal Weather
Modeling a Critical Approach: Metadata in ABsOnline
The 'Patacritical Demon
From Aesthetics To Aesthesis
Graphesis and Code
Intimations of (Im) materiality: Text as Code in the Electronic Environment
Modeling Functionality: From Codex to e-Book
Aesthetics and New Media
Digital Aesthetics and Critical Opposition
Lessons Of Speclab
Notes
Bibliography
Index