The noise factor describes the signal-sound relationship between an ingoing and outgoing signal. Noise can distort the meaning of a message or even block it. This applies to both human as well as electronic communication. But in information theory, now as before, noise is treated as information.
Through the further development of the definition of noise as something that is directed at us beyond our preferred comfort zone, Joseph Nechvatal, in his lecture, based on the book Immersion into Noise, investigates various aspects of cultural noise by transferring the audio understanding of noise to visual, architectural, and cognitive areas. Beginning with his experience in the Abside (Apse) of the Lascaux caves, Nechvatal expands our understanding of the function of cultural noise in that he leads us into algorithmic contexts and networked connections through the penetrating and phenomenon-based aspect of sounds.
Joseph Nechvatal has been involved with omnipresent visual information, computers, and robotics since 1986. Galleries and museums throughout the world have exhibited his computer-robotic supported images and software animations. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City.
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