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The Fundamentals of Digital Art [Paperback]

Richard Colson


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19 Nov 2007 2940373582 978-2940373581
This title offers an introduction to the key elements of the digital art areas and is aimed at first year undergraduate students studying digital art and design, and those students of visual art subjects with an interest in digital media. The book provides an overview of digital art and offers careful explanations of physical computing, using data sources, programming, networks for artists and experimental practices in digital art. The text is accompanied by extensive illustrations, ranging from work by recognised practitioners in the field to current student work from undergraduate programmes. It also includes practical clear workshop diagrams designed to help students develop the confidence to work with the approaches covered in the book themselves.


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Richard Colson has taught art and digital media for many years in colleges and universities in the UK. He is a visiting Tutor at the Slade and at the University of the Creative Arts, Farnham. He was Reader for Art and Digital Media Practice at the University of West London and course leader for the Undergraduate Programme in Digital Arts. He is author of the Fundamentals of Digital Art (2007) AVA Publishing UK. He was Director of the Takeaway Festival for Do It Yourself Media from 2007-2010. The festival included an annual open exhibition, performances, presentations and workshops and was regularly supported by the Arts Council of England and hosted by the Science Museum, London. He has presented his ideas and work at well known forums for debate on digital media and culture. These have included, Tate Britain, the Kinetica Art Fair, ISEA, the New York Digital Salon, IDTechex RFIDEurope, the Thursday Club - Goldsmiths Digital Studios, DAMTAG - London Metropolitan University, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Institute for Contemporary Arts and Watermans Arts Centre.

In his own work he has explored the way in which movement can be used to create images that are the result of a combination of vision and instinctive responses of the body. Image Recoder(2006) uses data collected from ultrasonic sensors to alter the construction of live video images and sound. In "Mindtracker" (2000) and Loc Reverb (2002) he has also considered the role of memory and neural activity and both pieces attempted to simulate aspects of consciousness and perception.

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'This is a great book and a godsend for an intro digital media class ... The design is clean, the visuals are striking and the information is presented well.' - Joseph Von Stengel, Hartwick College, USA. 'Excellent book especially the link to contemporary thinking of art - a very different angle on digital art.' - Jane Souyave, University of Central Lancashire, UK. 'This title is helpful both as teacher reference for course structure/content as well as student reference for an unfamiliar art form ... a very thorough entry-level text.' - Ellen Quinn, Nwe Jersey City University, USA. 'A very good introduction into the area of digital art.' - Chris Golya, University of Portsmouth, UK. 'The time line introduction is handy ... interesting juxtapositions between artists and scientists, art and technology and some great examples.' - Fern Helfand, University of British Columbia, Canada. 'The book is very visual and broken into small chunks of information which is helpful as it encourages students to engage with it ... it helps to induct students into a variety of themes and ideas quickly...' - Garrett Lynch, University of Glamorgan, UK. 'Looks really thorough and wide-ranging and it's great to see it's no longer just focused on internet and digital installation art, but broader and looking at the processes and how to get started.' - Camille Baker, Brunel University, UK.

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Richard Colson is a senior reader in Digital Art at Thames Valley University, UK. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, UK and an MA in Electronic Arts from Middlesex University, UK. Richard has been working with computer systems for over 20 years and has exhibited his work at the Design Museum in London, the New York Digital Salon, the Deluxe Arts Gallery and Watermans Arts Centre in London. Richard has had one-man shows at Theo Waddington Fine Art Ltd. and at the Solomon Gallery, Dublin.

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