Critical Writing Index

Artisanal Prefigurations of the Digital: Animating Realities, Collage Affects, and Theories of Image Manipulation

by Maureen Cheryn Turim

Wide Angle, Jan. 1999, v. 21, no. 1, pp. 47-62

Maureen Cheryn Turim describes how digitization allows ‘capricious play’ with visual truth due to its potential to manipulate disparate materials and its lack of a trace of process. She also points to the problems of theorizing the digital by excluding it from the 'artisanal' (painting, photography, film, language) stating that "only through combining what we know of its (digital) processes with what we know of the processes of art and language will we know anything at all about the digital".

ITEM 1999.098 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

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