Science fiction and contemporary art are connected by a set of related conceptual interests and formal expressions. This paper argues that two concepts in the critical study of SF, the novum and cognitive estrangement, are applicable to the practice and interpretation of much contemporary art. Discussing the work of contemporary new media artists whose practice has explicitly dealt with SF themes and tropes in various forms, the paper argues that the use of these two key critical SF concepts help to define a new and under-theorised cultural formation: the science fictional.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 19th international symposium on electronic art|
|Subtitle of host publication||ISEA2013, Sydney|
|Editors||Kathy Cleland, Laura Fisher, Ross Harley|
|Place of Publication||Sydney, NSW|
|Publisher||University of Sydney|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||International symposium of electronic art (19th : 2013) - Sydney, NSW|
Duration: 11 Jun 2013 → 13 Jun 2013
|Conference||International symposium of electronic art (19th : 2013)|
|Period||11/06/13 → 13/06/13|
- science fiction
- media art
- critical theory
Frost, A. (2013). Science fictional aesthetics: the novum and cognitive estrangement in contemporary art. In K. Cleland, L. Fisher, & R. Harley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th international symposium on electronic art: ISEA2013, Sydney (pp. 1-4). Sydney, NSW: University of Sydney.