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A Touch of Code: Interactive Installations and Experiences Hardcover – April 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3899553314
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899553314
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christoph D. Coleman on August 24, 2011
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Being in this particular field myself, it is great to have a book that is so starkly current, largely devoted to projects over the past 0-5 years. It is a wonderful resource as an artist who wants to know the full breadth of the field, with insight into works I have only been able to see blips about. As an educator it gives a great span of works to bring to the classroom. Brilliant job!
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As an avid watcher of contemporary art, this book caught my eye. Then I read it. It really doesn't offer much in terms of depth or breadth. Airport and other large--expensive!-- public installations with 'a touch of code' are the main focus. Its a good advertisement for the creative agencies that do this sort of work, but not really all that interesting for anyone working or wanting to look at things on a smaller scale.
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Books about current art, like the art that they describe, often don't age well. This is particularly true for books about digital art. There is often a confusion between technology as means and technology as subject. There is often a confusion between digital art with something new to say, and what is simply a breathless and complicated demonstration of technology that will be routine within a couple of years, or something that would be far more elegant without the unwieldy overhead of intrusive technology. There are often tiny, crabbed pictures of huge one-off installations surrounded by oceans of text, kind of like watching the Technorama version of Lawrence of Arabia on your iPhone.

A Touch of Code gets it right. It's current as of 2011, and the format gives the works enough space to actually understand what's going on. More importantly, the artistic signal to self-congratulatory noise signal is very high compared to most books in this genre. Most of this stuff is art that is genuinely interesting, much of it is designed to be replicable or a long-term installation, and a significant chunk of it will still be interesting twenty years from now. For the first time, I have a sense of how technology might become a genuine tool for art with considerable impact and lasting value. In this text, they tend to be the works that use technology as tool rather than technology as subject. But like most good art, the conceptual payload includes a subtle encapsulation of the time, place, and zeitgeist that it was created in.

If you get one book on digital art, right now this is the one to get.
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My girlfriend bought me a copy of this as a birthday present. She thought it would help me to relax, but the stuff in here is just mind-blowing. Now I'm thinking of how to recreate it all... The book is full of one mash-up after the other of how hardware and software work together in so many different ways. And all of it is changing the way we live, work, experience, feel... Not just for geeks and nerds, this shows how cool (or should I say "übercool"?) technology is nowadays. I'd highly recommend picking up a copy of this (unless you want to sleep!).
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