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Hybrid Culture: Japanese Media Arts in Dialogue with the West

Hybrid Culture: Japanese Media Arts in Dialogue with the West (Hardback)

By Spielmann, Yvonne
Translated by Welle, Anja
Translated by Jones, Stan
Series edited by Malina, Roger F.
Series edited by Cubitt, Sean

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This book grew out of Yvonne Spielmann's 2005--2006 and 2009 visits to Japan, where she explored the technological and aesthetic origins of Japanese new-media art--which was known for pioneering interactive and virtual media applications in the 1990s. Spielmann discovered an esse...ntial hybridity in Japan's media culture: an internal hybridity, a mixture of digital-analog connections together with a non-Western development of modernity separate from but not immune to Western media aesthetics; and external hybridity, produced by the international, transcultural travel of aesthetic concepts. Spielmann describes the innovative technology context in Japan, in which developers, engineers, and artists collaborate, and traces the Japanese fondness for precision and functionality to the poetics of unobtrusiveness and detail. She examines work by artists including Masaki Fujihata, whose art is both formally and thematically hybrid; Seiko Mikami and Sota Ichikawa, who build special devices for a new sense of human-machine interaction; Toshio Iwai, who connects traditional media forms with computing; and Tatsuo Miyajima, who anchors his LED artwork in Buddhist philosophy. Spielmann views hybridity as a positive aesthetic value--perhaps the defining aesthetic of a global culture. Hybridity offers a conceptual approach for considering the ambivalent linkages of contradictory elements; its dynamic and fluid characteristics are neither conclusive nor categorical but are meant to stimulate fusions.
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ISBN 9780262018371
Released NZ 15 Nov 2012
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Format Hardback
Series Leonardo
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ISBN-13 9780262018371
Stock Available
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Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Imprint MIT Press
Released 15 Nov 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Spielmann, Yvonne
Translated by Welle, Anja
Translated by Jones, Stan
Series edited by Malina, Roger F.
Series edited by Cubitt, Sean
Series Leonardo
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Oriental Art
Electronic & Video Art
Number of Pages 280
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 21mm
Dewey Code 709.52
Weight 499g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress New media art - Japan, Cultural fusion and the arts - Japan
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text College/higher education

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