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Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation's computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora.

Joseph Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) University of Wales College, Newport, UK. Dr. Nechvatal presently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA). His book of essays Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006) was published by Edgewise Press in 2009.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607852411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607852414
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Yuting Zou on December 2, 2011
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Immersion Into Noise is one of my personal favorite so far. It discusses the current aesthetics of immersion (has a prehistorical root) that is a huge extension of western linear perspectives. His conceptualisation of noise is unconventional too, deeply rooted in Dada and Fluxus, flowing all the way to New Media. Neither confined to audial noise, nor pure electronic glitches that are brutally anti-retinal (too many examples in Net art nowadays, IMO), he is mostly interested in noise that "distorts and disturbs crisp signals of cultural communications." His "art noise" has appealing emergent visual forms. Upon these concepts, he hypothesizes his "immersive noise consciousness" theory. Its main idea could be understood as that an "immersive art-of-noise" is to provide us with an artistic environment of clamorous cultural information capable of expanding our consciousness, disjunctively. So "subsequent and ultimate aesthetic benefit of noise art then, is in attaining a prospective realization of our perceptual circuitry as a self-re-programmable operation"---that could be thought of as a feedback-loop. He feels that our learning to modify (or reprogram) ourselves is the entire point of art. Well, how do I know that I have an innate self-(re)programmability? This book might not contain enough evidence to convince you. But anyone who has some idea about artificial intelligence/life, or self-organizing pattern in system dynamics would take this point seriously and give it an affirmative answer.

More about Nechvatal's Immersive Noise Theory could be found in my book review:
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To flesh out the theory and to have your first-hand pleasure, please read the book, it's highly recommended.
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Joseph Nechvatal is the real deal. Get this book. Reflect on it. Debate it. But don't ignore it because you're too distracted by the noise of our times. Indeed, Nechvatal's book may very well help us all to appreciate what makes noise a very beautiful property of nature itself. This takes on our frothy zeitgeist, and it's various forms of cultural and technological noise, head-on. And if for no other reason, buy this book because Joseph's one hell of a cat and it will get you dates just by casually placing it near your left elbow at just the right diner or café in LA or Mumbai. Take it with you to the next Occupy Wall Street rally. (Or start an occupation in your own town and take it with you to that).
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Whether you are a creator of music and art, look and listen as audience, or see all creation as metaphor, you will be glad you bought this book.
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