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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190924034

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190924034.001.0001

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The Generative Image

The Generative Image

(p.337) Chapter 16 The Generative Image
Theory of the Image

Thomas Nail

Oxford University Press

simply valorize the digital or even the generative The generative arts have invented a new artistic pedesis and laid the ground for a new materialist aesthetics of the image. The chapter discusses the various forms that the generative arts have taken, including the ordered and disordered. In particular, disordered forms of contemporary images discussed here are the visual arts, literary, plastic, and sonic forms. The argument is not that the generative arts are the only or best forms of art. Their function has been to blaze a trail that shows us what all the arts have already been doing, to one degree or another. The challenge now is to unfold the consequences of this discovery in the arts, to draw our attention to what the contemporary image shows us about the image more generally and what it is capable of today.

Keywords:   Generative art, digital art, interactive art, digital image, contemporary art

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