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  • The rhythmic event: art, media, and the sonic

Ikoniadou, Eleni, 2014, Book, The rhythmic event: art, media, and the sonic Technologies of Lived Abstraction . MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. ISBN 9780262027649

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The sonic has come to occupy center stage in the arts and humanities. In the age of computational media, sound and its subcultures can offer more dynamic ways of accounting for bodies, movements, and events. InThe Rhythmic Event, Eleni Ikoniadou explores traces and potentialities prompted by the sonic but leading to contingent and unknowable forces outside the periphery of sound. She investigates the ways in which recent digital art experiments that mostly engage with the virtual dimensions of sound suggest alternate modes of perception, temporality, and experience. Ikoniadou draws on media theory, digital art, and philosophical and technoscientific ideas to work toward the articulation of a media philosophy that rethinks the media event as abstract and affective.
The Rhythmic Event seeks to define the digital media artwork as an assemblage of sensations that outlive the space, time, and bodies that constitute and experience it. Ikoniadou proposes that the notion of rhythm—detached, however, from the idea of counting and regularity—can unlock the imperceptible, aesthetic potential enveloping the artwork. She speculates that addressing the event on the level of rhythm affords us a glimpse into the nonhuman modalities of thought proper to the digital and hidden in the gaps between strict definitions (e.g., human/sonic/digital) and false dichotomies (e.g., virtual/real). Operating at the margins of perception, the rhythmic artwork summons an obscure zone of sonic thought, which considers the event according to its power to become.

Official URL: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/rhythmic-event
Subjects: Other > Technologies > J900 Others in Technology
Other > Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy > V590 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Communication
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2018 14:48
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2018 15:59
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3662

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