Understanding New Media Art as Ontological Communication Based on the Effect of Sensation

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Focusing sensation felt in synaesthetic images (tactailed imagea or sounded images), this paper regards new media art as the being of sensible which is experienced or experimented, instead of being understood. Sensation is sensed through the magnitude of intensity. The degree of intensity is understood as the appearance of an object in the genetic dimension of power. Furthermore, it consists not only of the singularity of an individual, but it also expresses a diversity of individuality. From this viewpoint, sensation is acknowledged as an aesthetic conductor implicating immanent differences and expressing the diverse through an ontological experience. In other words, sensation in new media art is an ontological communication sensed in the rhythm of synaesthesia. This ontological communication, moreover, becomes a real condition of experience unfolding differential relations and differences in intensity.


Keywords: Immanuel Kant’s Theory of Aesthetics, Gilles Deleuze’s Notions of Sign and Sensation, Baruch Spinoza’s Concept of Expression
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Haeyoung Youn

Ohio University
Athens, Ohio, USA

Haeyoung Youn has worked as a critic and an exhibition coordinator and taught contemporary art theory. Her recent researches focuses on New Media art and develops its aesthetic quality through sensation and desire.

Ref: A09P0121