Being Formal Without Being a Formalist

Gibson, Steve (2021) Being Formal Without Being a Formalist. Leonardo. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0024-094X (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1162/leon_a_02056

Abstract

This paper argues for the value of using formal models within the (digital media) artwork. Eschewing the anti-formalism common to much of postmodernism, it argues for a more active engagement with formal concerns. Without embracing the totalizing theories of late modernist formalism, or discarding the idea of “the concept,” I argue for a more formal approach to the making of the (digital media) artwork. The goal is to point to models that can be used to intimately connect form and concept, rather than treat them as separate or warring entities. The paper critically explores three very specific digital media artworks that endeavor to bridge the gap between formalism and conceptualism, each pointing to indicative (but not exhaustive) methods for reuniting form and concept.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Formalism, Modernism, postmodernism, media art, audio-visuals, digital media, New Formalism, digital art
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2021 11:18
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 14:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45718

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