Signaletic, haptic and real-time material

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

This introductory article to the following ‘‘cluster of
articles’’ proposes to apply the term ‘‘signal’’ as a theoretical
and analytical category for a new approach to the
bearings of electronic and new media in particular. As the
term ‘‘sign’’ was formerly developed from linguistics, the
term signal was developed from Norbert Wiener’s writings
on mathematics and cybernetics. The electronic signal is a
technological fact dating back to the telegraph that in a
substantial way set the agenda for contemporary (popular)
culture (electronic music, youth, and performance culture)
and further facilitated the digital code and the Internet. In
this article, as well as in the following articles, the term
signal is above all applied in its broader sense to explore
possible signaletic modes and characteristics in contemporary
art and new media culture. It is thus a key point
that technological implications could never be causal to
aesthetic variations and cultural modes. Departing from
this, this article explores artistic and cultural manifestations
from the 1960s and onward in the light of the signal
in order to analytically grasp the changes or supplements
to the sign that in a contemporary culture is bringing new
forms of events and affects to the fore.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Culture
Volume4
Number of pages10
ISSN2000-4214
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2012

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