Database as Symbolic Form

  title={Database as Symbolic Form},
  author={Lev Manovich},
  journal={Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies},
  pages={80 - 99}
  • Lev Manovich
  • Published 1 June 1999
  • Art, Computer Science
  • Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies
After the novel, and subsequently cinema, privileged narrative as the key form of cultural expression of the modern age, the computer age introduces its correlate - database. Many new media objects do not tell stories; they don't have a beginning or end; in fact, they don't have any development, thematically, formally or otherwise which would organise their elements into a sequence. Instead, they are collections of individual items, where every item has the same significance as any other. Why… 

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