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Information, noise and et al

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Abstract


  • At their most simplistic, there are two means for shifting information around – analogue

    and digital. Analogue movement depends on analogy to perform computations; it is

    continuous and the relationships between numbers are keyed as a continuous ordinal set.

    The digital set is discrete; moving one finger at a time results in a one-to-one

    correspondence. Nevertheless, analogue and digital are like the two companions in Serres’

    tale. Each suffers the relationship of noise to information as internal rupture and external

    interference.

    In their examination of historical constructions of information, Hobart and Schiffman

    locate the noise of the analogue within its physical materials; they write, “All analogue

    machines harbour a certain amount of vagueness, known technically as ‘noise’. Which

    describes the disturbing influences of the machine’s physical materials on its calculations”

    (208). These “certain amounts of vagueness” are essential to Claude Shannon’s articulation

    of a theory for information transfer that forms the basis for this paper. In transforming the

    structures and materials through which it travels, information has left its traces in digital

    art installation. These traces are located in installation’s systems, structures and materials.

    The usefulness of information theory as a tool to understand these relationships has

    until recently been overlooked by a tradition of media art history that has grouped

    artworks according to the properties of the artwork and/or tied them into the histories of

    representation and perception in art theory. Throughout this essay I use the productive

    dual positioning of noise and information to address

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Ballard, S. "Information, noise and et al." M/C Journal 10 .5 (2007): 1-8.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1329&context=creartspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/creartspapers/321

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 8

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


  • http://journal.media-culture.org.au/journal/past_vol_10.php

Abstract


  • At their most simplistic, there are two means for shifting information around – analogue

    and digital. Analogue movement depends on analogy to perform computations; it is

    continuous and the relationships between numbers are keyed as a continuous ordinal set.

    The digital set is discrete; moving one finger at a time results in a one-to-one

    correspondence. Nevertheless, analogue and digital are like the two companions in Serres’

    tale. Each suffers the relationship of noise to information as internal rupture and external

    interference.

    In their examination of historical constructions of information, Hobart and Schiffman

    locate the noise of the analogue within its physical materials; they write, “All analogue

    machines harbour a certain amount of vagueness, known technically as ‘noise’. Which

    describes the disturbing influences of the machine’s physical materials on its calculations”

    (208). These “certain amounts of vagueness” are essential to Claude Shannon’s articulation

    of a theory for information transfer that forms the basis for this paper. In transforming the

    structures and materials through which it travels, information has left its traces in digital

    art installation. These traces are located in installation’s systems, structures and materials.

    The usefulness of information theory as a tool to understand these relationships has

    until recently been overlooked by a tradition of media art history that has grouped

    artworks according to the properties of the artwork and/or tied them into the histories of

    representation and perception in art theory. Throughout this essay I use the productive

    dual positioning of noise and information to address

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Ballard, S. "Information, noise and et al." M/C Journal 10 .5 (2007): 1-8.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1329&context=creartspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/creartspapers/321

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 8

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


  • http://journal.media-culture.org.au/journal/past_vol_10.php