Recombinant Media Chaos: The Image after New Media

By Paul Hertz.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Published online: June 5, 2014 $US5.00

Rather than operating within singular, differentiable channels and formats, images and other media on the worldwide network propagate through streams of encoded data. Streams split, recombine, and compete within a multidimensional space of sensory modalities, production techniques, distribution channels, and target audiences. This is as true of commercial media, which seeks profit in unfilled niches, as it is of alternative or tactical media, which pursues the phantom of liberation through interstitial media zones. This paper examines some of the strategies artists employ to plant their work within networked media chaos, with particular attention to appropriation and glitch and how these practices can redefine the social activism of historical avant-garde tendencies in a post avant-garde culture.

Keywords: Multimodality, Arts, Media, Avant-garde, Appropriation, Glitch

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 4, Issue 3, June 2014, pp.49-61. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 5, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 570.809KB)).

Paul Hertz

Instructor, Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Art and Technology Studies, Film, Video, New Media, and Animation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA