Digital Art as a Critical Rendering of Human-Computer Interaction

Dr Melissa D. Langdon
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As a novel form of Human-Computer Interaction, digital art has revolutionized culture and its interactions. With an ability to transcend boundaries - geographically and cognitively - its expressions conjure the sublime, as they engage with Global and Digital affects.

In this paper, I explore the boundaries of Human-Computer Interaction through the platform of digital art. Digital art has emerged in historical synchronity with Globalization and Digitization. While practitioners have used it to critique the phenomena in cultural and political terms, some artists are exploring its capacity to self-reflexively engage with its own technology.

Using the recent exhibition “In the Line of Flight”, held at Beijing’s Millennium Museum in July 2005, I will reveal the tangible ways in which digital art is illuminating shifts in human-technological interplays. With reference to works as diverse as Joanna Berzowska’s “Intimate Memory Shirt” and Josephine Starrs’ video game “Territories”, I will interrogate emerging art forms in terms of space, memory, gender and temporality. To this end, digital art shall be perceived in terms of perceptual and cognitive shifts to Human-Computer Interaction; in conversation with the affective discourses of: Massumi, Deleuze and DeLanda.

Keywords: Digital art, new media, globalization, digital, global, digitization, art, affect
Stream: Human Technologies and Useability, Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Melissa D. Langdon

Doctoral Candidate, School of Media, Film and Theatre, University of New South Wales

After graduating from The University of Western Australia with First Class Honours in History ['The Western Australian Art Gallery as a Microcosm of Cultural History: 1895-1915'] I began a Masters Degree in ‘Architecture and the Moving Image’ at Cambridge University, UK. This hybrid Degree addressed the critical interplay between urban theory and digital media through the production of practical and theoretical theses. Alongside my written examination of ‘cyber cities’, I directed, edited and produced a fifteen minute moving image composition that explored parallels between mind space and city space. After successfully completing my Masters at the end of 2001, I returned to Australia to begin a PhD in Art History/New Media Theory at The University of New South Wales. Currently in the final year of my candidature, and funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award, my thesis is entitled ‘Conversations between Globalization and Digital Art.’

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