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Author Kane, Carolyn L. author.

Title Chromatic algorithms : synthetic color, computer art, and aesthetics after code / Carolyn L. Kane.

Publication Info. Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    776 KAN    Available
Description 343 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: How color became code -- Part 1: Chromatic Visions (400 B C-1969) -- Colors sacred and synthetic -- Classical and modern color: Plato through Goethe -- Industrial color: synthetics through day-glo psychedelics -- Synthetic color in video synthesis -- Part 2: Disciplining Color: Encounters With Number And Code (1965-1984) -- Informatic color and aesthetic transformations in early computer art -- Collaborative computer art and experimental color systems -- From chromakey to the alpha channel -- Part 3: Transparent Screens For Opaque Ontology (1984-2007) -- Digital infrared as algorithmic lifeworld -- Photoshop cinema -- Postscript: New dark age -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary "Chromatic Algorithms reveals the fascinating history behind digital color, tracing it from the work of a few brilliant computer scientists and experimentally minded artists in the late 1960s and early '70s through its appearance in commercial software in the early 1990s. Mixing philosophy of technology, aesthetics, and media analysis, Carolyn L. Kane shows how revolutionary the earliest computer-generated colors were--built with massive postwar number-crunching machines, these first examples of "computer art" were so fantastic that artists and computer scientists alike regarded them as psychedelic, even revolutionary, harbingers of a better future for humans and machines alike. But, Kane argues, the explosive growth of personal computing and its accompanying need for off-the-shelf software led to increased standardization and the gradual closing of the experimental field in which computer artists had thrived. Even so, the gap between the bright, bold presence of color on screen and the increasing abstraction of its underlying code continues to lure artists and designers from a wide range of fields, and Kane draws on their work to pose fascinating questions about the relationships among art, code, science, and media in the twenty-first century"--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Color.
Computer art.
Art and technology.
Aesthetics, Modern -- 20th century.
Aesthetics, Modern -- 21st century.
ISBN 9780226002736 (cloth : alk. paper)
022600273X (cloth : alk. paper)

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