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Issue II Spring 2010

Spring 2010 Editor’s Note


In the Spring 2010 gnovis issue, our seven authors are weaving together themes of identity, technology and fragmentation. Digital technologies change the way we understand self, medium and space; however, they do not render obsolete our previous ways of knowing. Hence, our understandings of self, medium and space become sites where we patch together what is old with what is new.

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Art on the (Supply) Side: Neoliberalism and Public Funding for the Arts

Abstract: The paper analyzes recent constructions of American public policy regarding funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Arthur MacEwan’s study of neoliberalism functions as a framework for understanding broad historical shifts in the perceived role of the … Continue reading

The Advent of Myself as Other: Photography, Memory and Identity Creation

Abstract: Anxiety about the dangers of new technology traditionally coincides with the advance of the man-made. In particular, recent academic study has expressed anxiety around the relationship of photographic technology to organic memory. Scholars warn that photography interrupts authentic, natural … Continue reading

Street level: Intersections of Art and the Law Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s “Heads” Project and Nussenzweig v. diCorcia

Abstract: This article analyzes Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s “Heads” photographs, specifically “Head”—a photograph of Mr. Erno Nussenzweig. Three and a half years after diCorcia exhibited his “Heads” collection at the Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York City, Nussenzweig learned that he had been … Continue reading

How a High Choice Media Environment Leads to Greater Selectivity, Fragmentation and Polarization

Abstract: This paper analyzes how the proliferation of new media has created a high choice media environment, and how this environment has led to media fragmentation and ultimately increased political polarization. Before the advent of talk radio, cable news channels, … Continue reading

Living with Digital, Resurrecting Analog, and Our Shifting Search for Sound

Abstract: Over the last few decades, music technology has gone through a process of evolution from vinyl to 8-track, cassette tape, compact disc, and now, MP3. While the 8-track and cassette have become more or less extinct, with the CD … Continue reading

Avoiding the “Update”: Thinking-Through Tele-visual Cartography

Abstract: This essay offers a critical evaluation of screened cartographic propositions. As “western” culture progressively embraces technological innovation (through an incessant series of “updates”), it has begun to more easily assume the objectivity of televisable, scientific data. In particular, this … Continue reading

On Reading Semanalytically: The Kristevan/Cronenbergian Abject

Abstract: As coined by French feminist and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva, ‘semanalysis’ represents the critical and political fusing of Saussurean/Barthesean semiotics and Freudian/Lacanian psychoanalysis. The portmanteau resulting aptly captures the spirit of Kristeva’s inter- and transdisciplinarity, and in this essay I … Continue reading

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