Immersion Into Noise




Joseph Nechvatal

Open Humanities Press





Immersion Into Noise [Paperback] by Joseph Nechvatal is available for purchase




Open Humanities Press and MPublishing

University of Michigan Library

ISBN-10: 1607852411

ISBN-13: 978-1607852414





Book Description

Publication Date: October 31, 2011

The noise factor is the ratio of signal to noise of an input signal to that of the output signal. Noise can block or interfere with the meaning of a message in both human and electronic communication. But in Information Theory, noise is still considered to be information. By refining the definition of noise as that which addresses us outside of our preferred comfort zone, Joseph Nechvatal's Immersion Into Noise investigates multiple aspects of cultural noise by applying the audio understanding of noise to the visual, architectural and cognitive domains. Nechvatal expands and extends our understanding of the function of cultural noise by taking the reader through the immersive and phenomenal aspects of noise into algorithmic and network contexts, beginning with his experience in the Abside of the Grotte de Lascaux. Immersion Into Noise is intended as a conceptual handbook useful for the development of a personal-political-visionary art of noise. On a planet that is increasingly technologically linked and globally mediated, how might noises break and re-connect in distinctive and productive ways within practices located in the world of art and thought? Joseph Nechvatal explores this intriguing question in Immersion Into Noise.







Reviews in the Press



Immersion Into Noise


Taney Roniger


Culture Machine Journal






NechvatalÕs Immersive Noise Theory


Yuting Zou


The Brooklyn Rail









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