Are these media new? Post-Scriptum.ORG's 6th issue
Under the editorship of Eric Alloi and Isabelle Raynauld, the 6th issue of Post-Scriptum.org is concerned with the concepts and expressions that constitute the foundation of new media as a field of study. If the current lexical profusion (new media, multimedia, digital media, interactive media, etc.) attests to the diversity of possible approaches when faced with combinations of information technology and arts such as literature, cinema and other hybrid forms, what critical point of view are we able to bring to an artistic practice that is still embryonic?
We would like to question the notion of newness associated with the apparatus in order reflect on the processes of integration of an invention to institutionalised artistic practices. In our view, a technology—whether new or old—only has novelty value to the extent that its relation with the represented object is opaque or transparent. In the manner of Bolter and Grusin, and of Gunning, we consider an emerging medium goes through a phase of opacity during which its materiality is so visible that it can literally obstruct its content. On the other hand, with increasing competency of viewers, the opacity of the medium diminishes, giving way to increasing transparency and to more space for content.
We invite contributions that return to the founding texts of authors such as Vannevar Bush, Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, Brenda Laurel, Janet Murray, Ted Nelson or Lev Manovich. Do digital media really give additionally inventive capabilities to literature, cinema, and other arts? Is this device just a simple improvement or could it be considered a medium of its own? We would like to propose new avenues of reflection on the following:
The idea that we have of new media, new media as apparatus
Intermediality, interartialité, the promises of total works of art (Gesamtkunstwerk)
Concepts (or promises of) interactivity, immersion, enhanced reality, etc.
October 1st, 2006 for the proposal (250 words)
January 15th 2006 for the final version of the text (4500 words)
Département de Littérature comparée, Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, Succursale Centre-Ville
Montréal (Québec), H3C 3J7
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