Metainterface is about interface aesthetics and culture, and as an analytical strategy, it focuses on the tendency in art that reflects the contemporary interface; that is, on readings of artworks. In this sense, it presents contemporary art works, but it also reflects on the current challenges of contemporary interface culture in a situation where the computer’s interface seemingly both becomes omnipresent and invisible; where it at once is embedded in everyday objects and characterised by hidden exchanges of information between objects; or, what it conceptualizes as a metainterface. By bringing the tendency in artworks forward, the book aims to demonstrate how certain critical interfaces have an ability to reflect the deeper fissures within new technologies and the production of the work of art itself; an ability to show us an interface, after the interface has seemingly disappeared into ‘smart’ futures and new promises of anticipation, participation, and emancipation
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationCambridge, Massachusetts. London, England
PublisherMIT Press
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)9780262037945
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2018


  • Interface
  • Interface Aesthetics
  • Interface Criticism
  • interface culture
  • electronic literature
  • Digital Art
  • Software studies, Interface criticism, digital culture, computer games


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