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Between an aesthetics and an ethics of algorithms: presentation of the Algorithmic Form Theory (Fruition - Image - Action)

Grant number: 16/03588-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2017
Effective date (End): January 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Communications - Theory of Communication
Principal Investigator:Massimo Di Felice
Grantee:Eli Borges Júnior
Home Institution: Escola de Comunicações e Artes (ECA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/06565-3 - The survival of Aby Warburg's reflection: elements for a study on the fruition of image in digital contexts, BE.EP.DR


As a result of a master's research supported by FAPESP, this doctoral project aims to reflect on the transformation of the status of the image and its modes of fruition from the explosion of digital communication and information technologies, focusing on one of its fundamental elements: the algorithms. It starts from the construction of a historical-theoretical path that seeks to correlate the emergence of media technologies to changes in the ways of perceiving and enjoying images. Thus, as a starting point, two important boundaries are established: one before and another after the advent of digital networks. In the light of this path, a mapping of different representative cases will be made, particularly from the cyber art field. Such mapping will provide a way to investigate, describe and analyze the influences of these technologies on the modes of operation of images and aesthetic fruition, focusing on their forms of interactivity, immersion and participation, reproblematized within an algorithmic context. After the theoretical study and analysis of the cases, a typology will be elaborated to identify in these productions, among others, elements such as the nature of participation of the audience, the forms of human-nonhuman interactivity, the ways in which they articulate image, gestural elements and sensitization, and to what extent this would result in distinct forms of aesthetic / political action. Finally, the main objective of this investigation is to narrate a theory about aesthetic fruition in digital contexts.

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
BORGES JUNIOR, ELI. WHAT IS THE POST-TRUTH? Elements for a critique of the concept. BRAZILIAN JOURNALISM RESEARCH, v. 15, n. 3, p. 496-513, DEC 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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