Art and Electronic Media

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Art and Electronic Media is a timely, comprehensive survey that addresses the relationship between art and electronic technology. As the accessibility and understanding of electronic media has exploded over the past several decades, its use by artists has become widespread. Yet the art world, both critically and practically, was initially slow to accept this emergence, seeing new technology as potentially alienating and esoteric. Edward A. Shanken, an art historian focusing on 20th century experimental art, gives...

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Overview

Art and Electronic Media is a timely, comprehensive survey that addresses the relationship between art and electronic technology. As the accessibility and understanding of electronic media has exploded over the past several decades, its use by artists has become widespread. Yet the art world, both critically and practically, was initially slow to accept this emergence, seeing new technology as potentially alienating and esoteric. Edward A. Shanken, an art historian focusing on 20th century experimental art, gives a lucid evaluation of this subject, contextualizing it in a broad art-historical and political framework. Shanken's essay also addresses the reaction to, the development of, and the future of artistic practice in the face of new technology, and how art can 'humanize and mythologize' science. The book is divided into seven thematic sections organized choronologically:

1. Motion, Duration, Illumination

2. Coded Form and Electronic Production

3. Charged Environments

4. Networks, Surveillance, Culture Jamming

5. Bodies, Surrogates, and Emergent Systems

6. Simulation and Simulacra

7. Exhibitions, Institutions, and Communities

Some of the works analyzed in the book include Atsuko Tanaka's Electric Dress (1957), Bruce Nauman's Live Taped Video Corridor (1970), Jenny Holzer's Untitled (Selections from Truisms, Inflammatory Essays, The Living Series, The Survival Series, Under a Rock, Laments and Child Text) (1989), and Jane Prophet's Technosphere III (1999). The book also includes a compendium of artists' statements, plus essays, papers,and articles by writers and experts in the field.

Art and Electronic Media is part of Phaidon's "Themes and Movements" series. Each book in this distinguished series includes an overview of the theme or movement, a selection of seminal works with color plates and extended captions, and a documents section including rediscovered writings alongside key texts by leading figures of each theme or movement.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780714868585
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2014
  • Pages: 304

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