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Lunenfeld, Peter

Overview
Works: 31 works in 147 publications in 3 languages and 9,039 library holdings
Genres: Spoken word poetry  Artists' books  Handbooks and manuals  History  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: QA76.9.C66, 303.4834
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Most widely held works by Peter Lunenfeld
The digital dialectic : new essays on new media by Peter Lunenfeld( )

40 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 3,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Digital Dialectic is an interdisciplinary jam session about our visual and intellectual cultures as the computer recodes technologies, media, and art forms. Unlike purely academic texts on new media, the book includes contributions by scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs, who combine theoretical investigations with hands-on analysis of the possibilities (and limitations) of new technology. The key concept is the digital dialectic: a method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice. The essays move beyond journalistic reportage and hype into serious but accessible discussion of new technologies, new media, and new cultural forms."--Jacket
Snap to grid : a user's guide to digital arts, media, and cultures by Peter Lunenfeld( )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 2,675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Snap to Grid, an idiosyncratic guide to the interactive, telematic era, Peter Lunenfeld maps out the trajectories that digital technologies have traced upon our cultural imaginary. His evaluation of new media includes an impassioned discussion - informed by the discourses of technology, aesthetics, and cultural theory - of the digital artists, designers, and makers who matter most. "Snap to grid" is a command that instructs the computer to take hand-drawn lines and plot them precisely in Cartesian space. Users regularly disable this function the moment they open an application because the gains in predictability and accuracy are balanced against the losses of ambiguity and expressiveness. Lunenfeld uses "snap to grid" as a metaphor for how we manipulate and think about the electronic culture that enfolds us. In this book he snaps his seduction by the machine to the grid of critical thinking." "How can we compare new media to established media? Must we revert to a default dichotomy between utopia and desolation, the notion that media, even digital media, by themselves can redeem or damn us? As he answers these and other questions, Lunenfeld takes into account the post-1989 politico-economic context in which new media have developed and grounds the insights of theory in the constraints of production. Artists discussed include Mark Amerika, Char Davies, Hollis Frampton, William Gibson, Gary Hill, Perry Hoberman, JODI, Christian Moller, Adam Ross, Jennifer Steinkamp, Stelarc, and Diana Thater."--Jacket
The secret war between downloading and uploading : tales of the computer as culture machine by Peter Lunenfeld( )

16 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The computer, writes Peter Lunenfeld, is the twenty-first century's culture machine. It is a dream device, serving as the mode of production, the means of distribution, and the site of reception. We haven't quite achieved the flying cars and robot butlers of futurist fantasies, but we do have a machine that can function as a typewriter and a printing press, a paintbrush and a gallery, a piano and a radio, the mail as well as the mail carrier. But, warns Lunenfeld, we should temper our celebration with caution; we are engaged in a secret war between downloading and uploading--between passive consumption and active creation--and the outcome will shape our collective futures. In "The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading", Lunenfeld makes his case for using digital technologies to shift us from a consumption to a production model. He describes television as "the high fructose corn syrup of the imagination" and worries that it can cause "cultural diabetes" ; prescribes mindful downloading, meaningful uploading, and "info-triage"; as cures; and offers tips for crafting "bespoke futures" ; in what he terms the era of "Web n.0" (interconnectivity to the nth power). He also offers a stand-alone genealogy of digital visionaries, distilling a history of the culture machine that runs from the Patriarchs (Vannevar Bush's WWII generation) to the Hustlers (Bill Gates and Steve Jobs) to the Searchers (Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google fame). After half a century of television-conditioned consumption/downloading, Lunenfeld tells us, we now find ourselves with a vast new infrastructure for uploading. We simply need to find the will to make the best of it
Digital_humanities by Anne Burdick( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2019 in English and Czech and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Included are chapters on the basics, on emerging methods and genres, and on the social life of the digital humanities, along with "case studies," "provocations," and "advisories." These persuasively crafted interventions offer a descriptive toolkit for anyone involved in the design, production, oversight, and review of digital projects. The authors argue that the digital humanities offers a revitalization of the liberal arts tradition in the electronically inflected, design-driven, multimedia language of the twenty-first century. Written by five leading practitioner-theorists whose varied backgrounds embody the intellectual and creative diversity of the field, Digital_Humanities is a vision statement for the future, an invitation to engage, and a critical tool for understanding the shape of new scholarship." [Taken from Overview]
College basics : how to start right and finish strong by Marvin Lunenfeld( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

City at the edge of forever : Los Angeles reimagined by Peter Lunenfeld( Book )

7 editions published between 2020 and 2021 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An engaging account of the uniquely creative spirit and bustling cultural ecology of contemporary Los Angeles. What is it about Los Angeles since the end of the Second World War that has enabled it to become such a center of cultural and technological innovation? In City at the Edge of Forever, Peter Lunenfeld, a professor at UCLA and an award-winning cultural critic, constructs an urban portrait, layer by layer, from serendipitous affinities, historical anomalies, and uncanny correspondences. In its pages, modernist architecture and lifestyle capitalism come together via a surfer girl named Gidget; Walt Disney and Hugh Hefner are revealed to be the same person, albeit with different demographics; Joan Didion's yellow Corvette is the brainchild of a car-crazy Japanese-American kid interned at Manzanar; and the music of the Manson Family segues into the birth of sci-fi fandom. One of the book's innovations is to brand Los Angeles as the alchemical city. Earth became real estate when the Yankees took control in the nineteenth century. Fire fueled the city's explosive growth early in the twentieth century as the Southland's oil fields minted millionaires and supplied the inexhaustible demands of drivers and their cars. Air defined the Southland from WWII to the end of the Cold War, with aeronautics and aerospace dominating the region's industries. Water is now the key element, and Southern California's ports are the largest in the western hemisphere, with sixty percent of everything Americans buy from China passing through Los Angeles. What alchemists identify as the ethereal fifth element, or quintessence, this book positions as the glamour of Hollywood, a spell that sustains the city but also needs to be broken in order to understand Los Angeles in the twenty-first century. The eruption of Los Angeles into global significance follows the ramp-up of its art, architecture, design, cuisine, music, theatre, and literary cultures, along with technical and scientific accomplishments, at a speed and reach unprecedented in modern history. That is the story Lunenfeld tells in this rich and compelling narrative"--
User : InfoTechnoDemo : mediaworkbook by Peter Lunenfeld( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shaping things by Bruce Sterling( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of shaped things. We have moved from an age of artifacts, made by hand, through complex machines, to the current era of "gizmos." New forms of design and manufacture are appearing that lack historical precedent, Sterling writes; but the production methods, using archaic forms of energy and materials that are finite and toxic, are not sustainable. The future will see a new kind of object -- we have the primitive forms of them now in our pockets and briefcases: user-alterable, baroquely multi-featured, and programmable -- that will be sustainable, enhanceable, and uniquely identifiable. Sterling coins the term "spime" for them, these future manufactured objects with informational support so extensive and rich that they are regarded as material instantiations of an immaterial system. Spimes are designed on screens, fabricated by digital means, and precisely tracked through space and time. They are made of substances that can be folded back into the production stream of future spimes, challenging all of us to become involved in their production. Spimes are coming, says Sterling. We will need these objects in order to live; we won't be able to surrender their advantages without awful consequences. - from publisher web site
City at the edge of forever : Los Angeles reimagined by Peter Lunenfeld( )

3 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An engaging account of the uniquely creative spirit and bustling cultural ecology of contemporary Los AngelesHow did Los Angeles start the 20th century as a dusty frontier town and end up a century later as one of the globe's supercities - with unparalleled cultural, economic, and technological reach? In City at the Edge of Forever, Peter Lunenfeld constructs an urban portrait, layer by layer, from serendipitous affinities, historical anomalies, and uncanny correspondences. In its pages, modernist architecture and lifestyle capitalism come together via a surfer girl named Gidget; Joan Didion's yellow Corvette is the brainchild of a car-crazy Japanese-American kid interned at Manzanar; and the music of the Manson Family segues into the birth of sci-fi fandom. One of the book's innovations is to brand Los Angeles as the alchemical city. Earth became real estate when the Yankees took control in the nineteenth century. Fire fueled the city's early explosive growth as the Southland's oil fields supplied the inexhaustible demands of drivers and their cars. Air defined the area from WWII to the end of the Cold War, with aeronautics and aerospace dominating the region's industries. Water is now the key element, and Southern California's ports are the largest in the western hemisphere. What alchemists identify as the ethereal fifth element, or quintessence, this book positions as the glamour of Hollywood, a spell that sustains the city but also needs to be broken in order to understand Los Angeles now. Lunenfeld weaves together the city's art, architecture, and design, juxtaposes its entertainment and literary histories, and moves from restaurant kitchens to recording studios to ultra-secret research and development labs. In the process, he reimagines Los Angeles as simultaneously an exemplar and cautionary tale for the 21st century
User : InfoTechnoDemo by Peter Lunenfeld( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhythm science by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"C'est un audacieux mélange de hip-hop, de free jazz, d'electronica et de musique contemporaine que concocte DJ Spooky. En même temps que sort son livre-somme très attendu, un mix à sa manière célèbre le trentième enregistrement du label new-yorkais Thirsty Ear
Sex by Peter Lunenfeld( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tt : Mitchell Kane, Matthew Ritchie, Peter Lunenfeld, Michael Joaquin Grey( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrative across media : the languages of storytelling by Marie-Laure Ryan( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narratology has been conceived from its earliest days as a project that transcends disciplines and media. The essays gathered here address the question of how narrative migrates, mutates, and creates meaning as it is expressed across various media. Dividing the inquiry into five areas: face-to-face narrative, still pictures, moving pictures, music, and digital media, Narrative across Media investigates how the intrinsic properties of the supporting medium shape the form of narrative and affect the narrative experience. Unlike other interdisciplinary approaches to narrative studies, all of which have tended to concentrate on narrative across language-supported fields, this unique collection provides a much-needed analysis of how narrative operates when expressed through visual, gestural, electronic, and musical means. In doing so, the collection redefines the act of storytelling. Although the fields of media and narrative studies have been invigorated by a variety of theoretical approaches, this volume seeks to avoid a dominant theoretical bias by providing instead a collection of concrete studies that inspire a direct look at texts rather than relying on a particular theory of interpretation. A contribution to both narrative and media studies, Narrative across Media is the first attempt to bridge the two disciplines
Outoal̈y = Alien intelligence by Erkki Huhtamo( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in Finnish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technofornia by Peter Lunenfeld( )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Digital Dialectic by Peter Lunenfeld( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Computers linked to networks have created the first broadly used systems that allow individuals to create, distribute, and receive audiovisual content with the same box. They challenge theorists of digital culture to develop interaction-based models to replace the more primitive models that allow only passive use.The Digital Dialectic is an interdisciplinary jam session about our visual and intellectual cultures as the computer recodes technologies, media, and art forms. Unlike purely academic texts on new media, the book includes contributions by scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs, who com
The object reader( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recopilación de escritos de los siglos XX y XXI acerca de los objetos y su diversidad de roles, dinámicas y capacidades
User: infotechnodemo: mediaworkbook: by Peter Lunenfeld( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection
Media design new and improved without the new by Peter Lunenfeld( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The digital dialectic : new essays on new media
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Snap to grid : a user's guide to digital arts, media, and culturesThe secret war between downloading and uploading : tales of the computer as culture machineDigital_humanitiesCity at the edge of forever : Los Angeles reimaginedUser : InfoTechnoDemo : mediaworkbookShaping thingsUser : InfoTechnoDemoRhythm science
Alternative Names
Lunenfeld, P. (Peter)

Peter Lunenfeld American media scholar

Peter Lunenfeld Amerikaans mediacriticus

Peter Lunenfeld críticu de medios estauxunidense

Languages
English (131)

Finnish (3)

Czech (2)