Date of Award

8-2012

Level of Access

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Intermedia

Advisor

Justin Wolff

Second Committee Member

Jon Ippolito

Third Committee Member

Owen Smith

Abstract

Software art differs from traditional art forms in fusing two very different materialities, the executable text of code and the multisensory display/interface, with the code typically remaining hidden. Code execution takes place behind a multisensory display/interface, such that code acts as a largely invisible player in the creation of experience. In practice, this means that software typically displays the outcome of processes rather than the processes themselves. Moving beyond the general goal of exposing something hidden to examination and analysis, it is vital to understand that code processes create representations, often by mediating between one representation and another. Therefore, like any other acts of representation, code processes must be considered and investigated as cultural products that may mediate, obstruct, fragment or negate knowledge. The remapping video body of work embody code process, thereby making code process accessible to investigation.

Share