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High-Tech Trash (2019)

Glitch, Noise, and Aesthetic Failure

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Abstract

High-Tech Trash: Glitch, Noise, and Aesthetic Failure maps an archaeology of failure in a culture seemingly ill-equipped to deal with it. To better understand failure, Kane argues, we must abstract from our subjective, personal disappointments and see them as meaningful symbols of a broader human struggle. By connecting twenty-first century digital aesthetics to critical issues in the history of high-tech, the book elucidates what it means to be an error-prone, fallible human in an age of hyper technology; to fail again and again without recourse to anything but repetition.

Keywords

glitch, error, failure, noise, trash, aesthetics, aesthetic of failure, media art, media theory

Languages

English

Publisher

University of California Press

ISBN

9780520974494, 9780520340145

Pages

253

DOI

10.1525/luminos.83

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