Intelligent agent – Vol. 4 No. 4: gaming / video in context
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Threads of Vol. 4 No. 4:
– video in context
reviews of performances, books
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David J. Leonard, High Tech Blackface — Race, Sports Video Games and Becoming the Other Leonard discusses race in sports video games and argues that these virtual competitions replicate the ideologies and nature of 19th century minstrelsy. The resemblance to minstrelsy transcends the fact that the players competing are mostly white "cyber athletes" and unfolds in ideologies, images andpower relations that create a high-tech form of blackface.
– video in context
Michael Szpakowski, A Concordance to "Some Quick Time Movies"
Michael Szpakowski annotates his ongoing online project "Some Quick Time Movies" with brief notes — technical as well as biographical — that cover topics ranging from nature and childhood to compression and the frame.
– free radical
Brett Stalbaum, After land art: database and the locative turn
Stalbaum poses the question what art after modernism and conceptualism might learn from the history of land art. Emerging from conceptualist strategies and at the same time connecting to modernism, land art is based in abstraction bound to material existence. Stalbaum proposes that the binding of abstraction to material actuality that occurs in database — which mediates data relations between the cultural / social and the material world — allows for an artistic practice that focuses on located actions instead of visualization.
– reviews: book
Donato Mancini, Writing Machines by N. Katherine Hayles
Mancini reviews Katherine Hayles’ "Writing Machines," which examines the specificities of electronic text and the ways in which the electronic medium constructs it. The emergence of electronic literatures in the 20th century and the ever-increasing use of new media in literature make it impossible to ignore the role that media and materiality play in the creation of literary meaning.
For a full Table of Contents, visit http:- www.intelligentagent.com This issue was made possible by funding from the New York State Council forthe Arts, a state agency.
Editor-in-Chief: Patrick Lichty
Director: Christiane Paul