Science fictional aesthetics: the novum and cognitive estrangement in contemporary art

Andrew Frost

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th international symposium on electronic art
Subtitle of host publicationISEA2013, Sydney
EditorsKathy Cleland, Laura Fisher, Ross Harley
Place of PublicationSydney, NSW
PublisherUniversity of Sydney
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780646913131
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational symposium of electronic art (19th : 2013) - Sydney, NSW
Duration: 11 Jun 201313 Jun 2013


ConferenceInternational symposium of electronic art (19th : 2013)
CitySydney, NSW


  • science fiction
  • media art
  • novum
  • estrangement
  • video
  • installation
  • critical theory


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