Digitization describes the transfer of analog values ​​into discrete ones ​​with the purpose of their electronic storage. Currently this process marks an acute change that seems to leave almost no sphere of life untouched. The everyday perception is maybe at most affected by consuming social media channels, while economy operates under the slogan “Industry 4.0” and scholars become more and more focused on digital humanities. Digital humanities do implement not only empirical methods in the humanities, thus bridging the classic duality of quantitative and qualitative approaches, but they also threaten the established range of subjects. The aesthetics of visualized data and information plays an enormously important role and expands the examining field within visual studies. In the digital age, art history has to face the challenges of redefining itself and at the same time dealing with a highly differentiated visual culture. Naturally,  this puts the boundaries of art and visual concept into question. One particular issue is the definition of algorithmic images as „images“. In addition, questions arise about the relationship of art and the digital space:  In what manner do museums use it? What alternative forms of presentation become apparent for art? How does digital art articulate itself?

In addition to that, Neue kunstwissenschaftliche forschungen welcomes off-topic-submissions from the fields of art history, visual arts and especially interdisciplinary approaches dealing with art from disciplines such as jurisprudence, economic sciences, engineering or medicine. Possible subject areas are: medieval art; modern and contemporary art; non-European, Byzantine, Austrian art and art theory.

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