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The Systemic Image: A New Theory of Interactive Real-Time Simulations

Inge Hinterwaldner


In media art history as well as in science studies an intensified reception of cybernetic and system-theoretical concepts can be seen in the last few years. In the book a conceptualization of the relationship between the systemic and the iconic in interactive real-time simulations is proposed. To this end, the author differentiates between four main strata of form-giving design decisions: perspectivation, modelling, iconization, interaction. The particular images – ephemeral, changeable and open for interventions – fulfill the conditions of all these layers and, as a necessary consequence, the ... More

Keywords: computer simulation, system theory, iconicity, interactivity, visual rhetorics, perspectivation, model theory, simulacrum, digital image, vividness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035040
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Inge Hinterwaldner, author
Humboldt University