The Art of Subtraction: Digital Adaptation and the Object Image

By Bruno Lessard

© 2017

The Art of Subtraction is the first full-length study on the CD-ROM as a creative platform. Bruno Lessard traces the rise and relatively rapid fall of the CD-ROM in the 1980s and 1990s and its impact as a creative platform for media artists such as Jean-Louis Boissier, Zoe Beloff, Adriene Jenik, and Chris Marker. Although the CD-ROM was not a lasting commercial success it was a vibrant medium that allowed for experimentation in adapting literary works. Building on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Michele Foucault, Lessard establishes a comparative framework for linking digital adaptations with innovative concepts such as 'subtractive adaptation' and the 'object image' that will be of interest to researchers examining literary adaptations on other digital platforms such as websites, smart phones, tablets, and digital games. The Art of Subtraction is a fascinating study of intermediality in the late twentieth century and it provides the first chapter in the yet unwritten history of digital adaptation.

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  • Page Count: 248 pages
  • Illustrations: 2
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The Art of Subtraction is the first full-length study on the CD-ROM as a creative platform.

The Art of Subtraction: Digital Adaptation and the Object Image

By Bruno Lessard

© 2017

The Art of Subtraction is the first full-length study on the CD-ROM as a creative platform. Bruno Lessard traces the rise and relatively rapid fall of the CD-ROM in the 1980s and 1990s and its impact as a creative platform for media artists such as Jean-Louis Boissier, Zoe Beloff, Adriene Jenik, and Chris Marker. Although the CD-ROM was not a lasting commercial success it was a vibrant medium that allowed for experimentation in adapting literary works. Building on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Michele Foucault, Lessard establishes a comparative framework for linking digital adaptations with innovative concepts such as 'subtractive adaptation' and the 'object image' that will be of interest to researchers examining literary adaptations on other digital platforms such as websites, smart phones, tablets, and digital games. The Art of Subtraction is a fascinating study of intermediality in the late twentieth century and it provides the first chapter in the yet unwritten history of digital adaptation.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 248 pages
  • Illustrations: 2
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "In The Art of Subtraction, Bruno Lessard displays a dazzling mastery of several fields including literary theory and study, cultural theory, and new media history."


    Will Straw, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University
  • Author Information

    Bruno Lessard is an associate professor in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University.

  • Table of contents

    Dedication

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    Chapter 1: Back to the Future: The Rise of CD-ROM

    Chapter 2: In the Realm of Digital Heterotopias: Exploring CD-ROM Space

    Chapter 3: A Sensuous Gaze: Interactive Chronophotography and Relation-Images

    Chapter 4: A Cinema of One’s Own: The Mediumistic Performance of the Female

    Body

    Chapter 5: Spaces of Desire: Mapping and Translating Lesbian Reality

    Chapter 6: In Search of Lost Space: Photographic Memories and the Digital

    Punctum

    Conclusion

    Endnotes

    Bibliography