An aesthetics of digital virtual environments

Nash, A 2015, 'An aesthetics of digital virtual environments' in Denise Doyle (ed.) New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds, IGI Global, Hershey, United States of America, pp. 1-22.


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Title An aesthetics of digital virtual environments
Author(s) Nash, A
Year 2015
Title of book New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds
Publisher IGI Global
Place of publication Hershey, United States of America
Editor(s) Denise Doyle
Start page 1
End page 22
Subjects Computer Gaming and Animation
Interactive Media
Electronic Media Art
Summary This chapter examines digital virtual environments as a site for art and proposes a formal aesthetics for art in digital virtual environments. The study arises from the author's decades-long practice producing art in virtual environments and the related theoretical considerations that have arisen from that practice. The technical, conceptual and ontological status of virtual environments is examined in order to establish a base of intrinsic qualities that identify virtual environments as a medium for art. The philosophy of Gilbert Simondon is used to achieve this. The elements and principles the artist must employ to work with this medium are identified as data, display and modulation. The specificities of virtual environments as a medium for art are examined in order to establish a formal aesthetics. In particular, digital colour, visual opacity, digital sound, code, artificial intelligence, emergence and agency are identified as the primary qualities that the artist manipulates to bring forth art in a virtual environment.
Copyright notice © 2015 by IGI Global
DOI - identifier 10.4018/978-1-4666-8384-6.ch001
ISBN 9781466683846
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