Carolyn L. Kane is the author of the award-winning book, Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art, and Aesthetics after Code (University of Chicago Press 2014). Dr. Kane completed her M.A. Media Studies at The New School University; earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University (2011); and was awarded the Nancy L. Buc Postdoctoral Fellow in “Aesthetics and the Question of Beauty” at Brown University in 2014-2015. She was also on the Faculty of the Film and Media Department at Hunter College in the City University of New York (2011-2014) and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Her published work has appeared in the Harvard Design Magazine, e-flux, Leonardo, History of Photography, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of Visual Culture, New Media and Society, Theory, Culture & Society, Third Text, Journal of the International Colour Association, and Visual Communication. Dr. Kane’s book project, Precarious Beauty: Glitch, Noise, and Aesthetic Failure analyzes the popularity of glitch and failure in the historical present and is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. Her current research project, “Electrographic Architecture: Color and the Development of the Urban Surround, 1910-2010,” investigates the critical role of color in the development of urban aesthetics in international contexts.
Carolyn L. Kane, Precarious Beauty: Glitch, Noise, and Aesthetic Failure (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press).
Carolyn L. Kane, Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art, and Aesthetics After Code (University of Chicago Press, 2014).
• 2015 American Association of University Press award for “excellence in design, typography, and manufacturing standards.” (Book designer: Maia Wright)
Selected Published Book Reviews
• August 2016 Review by Orit Halpern for Design and Culture
• August 2015 Review by Jill Walker Rettberg for New Media & Society
• April 2015 Review by Eitan Wilf for Public Books
Selected Interviews and Press
• March 2017 Interview with Zeina Koreitem of the Harvard Graduate School of Design for Anyone Corporation
• January 2017 Interview with Anne Slowey, ELLE USA (citation: March 2017 issue)
• January 2015 Interview with David Beer for Theory, Culture & Society
• December 2014 Interview with Carla Nappi for New Books in Science, Technology, and Society
• November 2014 Interview with Mark Lynch for WICN (90.5FM)
Selected Articles and Essays:
Kane, Carolyn L., "As the Earth Grows Cold: Landscape Photography from the Classical to the Mathematical," Theory, Culture & Society (forthcoming 2018)
–––––. "Millennials Think Pink" Harvard Design Magazine, Harvard Graduate School of Design (September 2017).
–––––. "GIFs that Glitch: Eyeball Aesthetics for the Attention Economy," Communication Design 4 (2016): 41-62.
–––––. "Exhaustion Aesthetics" Leonardo, Vol. 50, No. 1 (2017): 6-11.
–––––. "From Black to Gold and Back - Strategies of Being in Kevin Amato’s Bronx Aesthetic,” Third Text (December 2016).
–––––. "Photo Noise," History of Photography 40:2 (2016): 129-145.
–––––. "Josef Albers in the iPad Era," Public Books, October 2016.
–––––. "Broken Color in a Modern World: Chromatic Failures in Purist Art and Architecture," Journal of the International Colour Association (2015): 14, 1-13.
–––––. "Plastic Shine: From Prosaic Miracle to Retrograde Sublime," e-flux special issue for the 2015 Venice Biennale, ed. Tom Holert (July 2015). (e-flux Architecture and the Royal College of Art School of Architecture)
–––––. "Glitch Art: Failure from The Avant-Garde to Kanye West," Journal of InVisible Culture no. 21 (October 2014).
–––––. "The Tragedy of Radical Subjectivity: From Radical Software to Proprietary Subjects," Leonardo 47:5 (October 2014): 480-487.
–––––. "Synthetic Fluorescents: From Day-Glo Novelty to Everyday Norm," Journal of Design History vol. 27; 1 (March 2014): 1-22.
–––––. "The Electric ‘Now Indigo Blue’: Synthetic Color and Video Synthesis circa 1969" Leonardo vol. 46, no. 4 (2013 SIGGRAPH special issue): 360-366.
–––––. "The Synthetic Color Sense of Pipilotti Rist Or, Deleuzian Color Theory for Electronic Media Art." Visual Communication vol. 10, no. 4 (November 2011): 475-497.
• Translation into Spanish forthcoming from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia
–––––. "Speaking into the iPhone: An Interview with John Durham Peters, or, Ghostly Cessation for the Digital Age." Journal of Communication Inquiry vol. 34, no. 2 (April 2010): 119-133.
–––––. "Digital Art, and Experimental Color Systems at Bell Laboratories, 1965––1984: Restoring Interdisciplinary Innovations to Media History," Leonardo vol. 43, no. 1 (February 2010): 19, 53-58.
–––––. "Programming the Beautiful’: Informatic Color and Aesthetic Transformations in Early Computer Art." Theory, Culture & Society vol. 27, no. 1 (January 2010): 73-93.