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The Systemic Image - A New Theory of Interactive Real-Time Simulations

Author
Inge Hinterwaldner
Publisher / Label
Mit Press
Country
USA
Language
English
Publication year
2017
Type of publication
Book
Number of pages
392
ISBN
9780262035040

Index

Contents

Acknowledgements   vii

Introduction   1

1  Approaches to a Concept of Simulation   11
   1.1  Simulations and Their Contested Representational Capacity 11
   1.2  Missing Links: Simulations and Simulacra 15
   1.3  Computer Simulations in Relation to "System" and "Dynamic" 21

2  The Perspectivation of Simulations 27
   2.1  Central Perspective in Discussions on Contemporary Image Production 27
   2.2  A Structural Comparison with Central Perspective 30
   2.3  The Special Case of Interactive Real-Time Simulations 40
   2.4  A Critique of the Simulation Dynamic 43
   2.5  Perspective and Schematism 51
   2.6  Systems Aesthetics 53

3  Modeling and (conization 57
   3.1  On the Position and Role of Models 57
   3.2  Semiautonomous Iconization 72
   3.3  Sources of Design 91
   3.4  Two Types of Models 107

4  Iconicity and Dynamic 113
   4.1  Figurative Displays 113
   4.2  Movement as a Design Element 126
   4.3  An Increase in Movement 145
   4.4  Designing the Experientiability of Events 154
   4.5  Excursus: The Rhetoric of the "Alive" 166
   4.6  Temporal Components and the Modulation of Experiential Time 169

5  Characteristics of the Iconicity of Simulations 181
   5.1  Approaches to the Iconicity of Simulations 181
   5.2  From Results to Events 183
   5.3  Building Actions and Situations 184
   5.4  Manifold Variations 187
   5.5  Degrees of Freedom, Calculability Problems, and Levels of Description 190
   5.6  Cuts below the Surface 192
   5.7  Cuts on the Surface 199
   5.8  Reforming Forms 208

6  Iconicity and Interactivity 215
   6.1  For an Interweaving of Iconicity and Interactivity 21S
   6.2  Prefabricated Paths versus Designed Situations 218
   6.3  Approaches to Iconicity in Computer Simulations 225
   6.4  Iconic Modes of Control 227
   6.5  Avatars Astray 253
   6.6  (Unstable) Image as Variable Interface 269 
Conclusion 273

Notes 277 
Interview 323 
Bibliography 325 
Index 365