The Aura of the Distributed Moment

Let us compare the screen on which a film unfolds with the canvas of a painting. The painting invites the spectator to contemplation; before it…

Optimizing Metaprogramming

At a discussion of free software’s future at the recent libreplanet 2010 conference, Nick Montfort shares an important observation about the need to address the…

Formalisms of Digital Text

The practice of writing, always in flux, has over the last two decades been especially influenced by the emergence of digital innovations in new text…

Transversing Shamanism, Turing, and ELIZA

Every so often, scholarship returns to the intractably alluring problem of human dialogic interaction with systems designed with capabilities for patterned response. Several ontic questions…

From Objecthood to Processhood

At the conclusion of a recent meeting of a digital media theory course at RISD, one of my students pointed to a paper sign tacked…

Participation, Mediated and Recursive

When we speak of aesthetic participation, the most immediately suggestive image is of an experience resembling theater, where works hanging on a wall perform in…

Space and Structure in Post-Architecture

Disciplines thrive on dualities, and the architectural order resonates to one ethic, a sort of moral philosophy of the profession, more than any other, namely…