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Author King, Homay, 1972- author.

Title Virtual memory : time-based art and the dream of digitality / Homay King
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 202 pages) : illustrations
Contents Keys to Turing -- Christian Marclay's two clocks -- Matter, time, and the digital : Agnès Varda's videos -- Beyond repetition : Victor Burgin's loops -- The powers of the virtual -- Another world is virtual
Summary Annotation In Virtual Memory, Homay King traces the concept of the virtual through the philosophical works of Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, and Giorgio Agamben to offer a new framework for thinking about film, video, and time-based contemporary art. Detaching the virtual from its contemporary associations with digitality, technology, simulation, and speed, King shows that using its original meaning--which denotes a potential on the cusp of becoming--provides the means to reveal the "analog" elements in contemporary digital art. Through a queer reading of the life and work of mathematician Alan Turing, and analyses of artists who use digital technologies such as Christian Marclay, Agnès Varda, and Victor Burgin, King destabilizes the analog/digital binary. By treating the virtual as the expression of powers of potential and change and of historical contingency, King explains how these artists transcend distinctions between disembodiment and materiality, abstraction and tangibility, and the unworldly and the earth-bound. In so doing, she shows how their art speaks to durational and limit-bound experience more than contemporary understandings of the virtual and digital would suggest
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-198) and index
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Subject Art and motion pictures.
Computer art.
Time and art.
ART / Digital
Art and motion pictures.
Computer art.
Time and art.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 082237515X