The Digitalization of the Image and E-Lit

Another week has passed in the #NetNarr course and this time, we’ve focused on the image in the context of the digital revolution. This changed the game completely. Going from the analog to the digital, art can now be produced, reproduced and distributed by, well, anyone. The reproduction aspect of this is very interesting to me. I remember in my class in Denmark, we watched a short clip from an episode regarding the reproduction of art by John Berger called “Way of Seeing.” It focuses on the things the camera allows for us now, e.g. the reproduction of a painting. A picture of a painting allows it to be seen in a million different places at the same time now where once, they belonged to their own place. Now, they are in many different contexts. The uniqueness of the painting that once was is in this way “ruined” by reproduction of it. It doesn’t belong to a certain place anymore, the image comes to you, you don’t come to them — or at least, you don’t have to.

So yes, the digital revolution has questioned the relationship between the original and the copy, and it has made art accessible for almost anyone. But it has also allowed the creation of digital art, using the computer as an artist tool.

Apart from the digital artist we heard about in the lecture, it has also allowed electronic literature to emerge. And Leonardo Flores’s lecture which we attended Wednesday quite amazed me. His lecture was about the third generation electronic literature, and I wasn’t quite sure what electronic literature was before this. Honestly, I thought it might was the digitalization of the book — reading on computer and tablets. But it is so much more than that. In his definition, it is language-centered art that engages the expressive potential of electronic and digital media.

What amazes me is that I didn’t really think I knew what it was when really, I have stumbled across it online plenty of times. The Twitterbots, generating tweets, kinetic typography and the lyric videos, netprovs and social media performances.

Take for example the Twitterbots. @tiny_star_field that tweets out, well, tiny star fields. Or @pentametron that makes poems-like retweets, generated by a bot. This takes the idea of the bot and makes it an independent machine that produces content for social networks. The coolest part is, anyone can make them — even I could.

All in all, this week’s lectures have been very interesting and lærerig (I really can’t find the English word for that, sorry!) to me.

Now, speaking of Twitter, I will include my #dda’s for this week:

And I never got around to share the meme I made in the seminar group so here goes:

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Next up is GIF making and that is just awesome!

Week 3 of NetNarr

This week we went to another lecture than usual. The lecture was about e-lit and was taught by Dr. Leonardo Flores. I did not have any expectations and was not really prepared in any way for what was going to come. Dr. Leonardo Flores talked about stuff I have never heard about before. I had never heard the name/term E-lit before, nevertheless what it actually means.  So this lecture was really interesting to listen to. As he talked about it and explained what E-lit is, I of course new what he was talking about, I just had never thought about it as E-lit before. It’s a new term for me, and still dont’t know exactly what it implies, but I know more about it now, than I did before attending the lecture.

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Since I am all new to this theme of digital art, I find it sometimes overwhelming. I feel like all the other students are much better than me and that I will not succeed not matter how hard I try… I hope it will get better in time. I like this class a lot. I really like the labs and what we do there and I think it’s fun to make dda’s. I just find it a bit hard to concentrate in lecture, beacause I don’t really understand how some of the things come together, it’s hard to explain.. I don’t think my brain has fully understood that the christmasvacation is over and it’s time to concentrate and be awake! I’m sure that I will get it and understand more as we go, I just need to wake up properly. As this is my last semester, before I get my bachelor,  I really want to get good grades as well.

Anyway, this week we made GIF’s! And things like making GIF’s and MEME’s are really fun. I hope we get to do more things like this later on in the semester.

Here is the GIF I made this week. I needed some candy to help me through the writing of this blogpost haha

And this a DDA that I posted as well, we all love cheese right?

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One step closer to the matrix

The first ever digital photograph came almost two decades earlier than the first digital camera. In 1957 Russell Kirsch scanned a photograph of his three-month-old son. The resolution was an incredible 176×176 pixels! And the first digital camera came in 1975 by an engineer at Kodak industries. It weighed 3,6 kg and had an incredible resolution at 0.01 megapixels!

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It’s incredible to think about the technology we have today. Something that weighed 3,6 kg and had one purpose can easily be fitted into a cellphone that has the capability to do over a 1000 things and that only weights 160g altogether. The resolution of the camera has also improved tremendously, but does it make the digital image representational? The pictures we take today are crisp and clear, and taking a picture of something is done with the “touch of a screen”. We also have access to the internet where we can find pictures of everything from the world’s most expensive cars to pictures of paradise falls and the pyramids. But looking at a picture and experiencing it gives us completely different experiences and emotions. While a picture can provoke or engage us emotionally it still isn’t representational. It lacks the physicality that would otherwise engage us in its full potential. We also have VR or AR that tries “fabricate” real experiences and give us a new experience which is closer to the real thing, but still isn’t close to the real thing. But who knows! Maybe it will turn out like the matrix in the future! I’m excited for what the next big thing after VR will be.

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We also had a very interesting lecture about electronic literature this week. Leonardo Flores strikes me as the same type as me! Darth Vader decal on his MacBook and a great looking shirt! He was always smiling and had a positive energy in the room. I learned a lot about the different generations of electronic literature, and it inspired me to do some creating of my own. It would be amazing to create an art piece that I can look at an be proud of. But I’m still contemplating on what I want to create.

Something that surprised me during the lecture was Leo’s answer to Daniel Apollon’s questionLeo said that the electronic literature (and regular literature) might die out in the future (40 – 50 years from now). This came to a shock to me, and was totally unforeseen. But the more Leo explained the more rational it became. When’s the last time I saw someone read a book on the bus or in a park? I see less and less people reading in their free time, and especially for the younger generation I suspect reading will become a thing of the past, or for old people (like us). I really do wonder what the future might look like without literature.

I also forgot to ask Leo, but the question came to my mind later that evening. Do video games count as electronic literature? I’m thinking about story driven games like the Telltale games etc.

Here are my wonderful contributions for this weeks #dda’s!

I also made a gif! it’s my friend’s first attempt at a backflip. I promise you won’t regret watching it.

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Hope you guys enjoyed my blog post for this week! I wish you a nice weekend, i know i will (i bought a new videogame)

Best Regards
– Roj

 

Sources: http://wafflesatnoon.com/first-digital-image/