IMAGES Journal for Visual Studies

events: Visual studies today: The power of images


Katarina Peović Vuković
Postmodernism and its material character

Presentation will elaborate on three related questions by using examples from new media art and new media popular culture – computer games and electronic literature. Firstly, through the aspect of art materiality, the presentation will try to reaffirm the supposedly erased difference between postmodern high and popular culture. Secondly, the presentation will stress a critical potential of new media art, by insisting on its material character. And thirdly, through Heidegger's concept of actuality, the presentation will elaborate on the problem of pragmatic actuality, that is not present in the art itself, but in the understanding of new media art. The problem of preconditions of art production will be analyzed by detecting problems of contemporary definition of new media art, and its literary field, electronic literature.