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"A terrific summary of the intertwined history of art and technology."—ARTnews. "Infused with the spirit of innovation."—Publishers Weekly.
Digital technology has revolutionized the way we produce and experience art today. Not only have traditional forms of art such as printing, painting, photography, and sculpture been transformed by digital techniques and media, but entirely new forms such as net art, software art, digital installation, and virtual reality have emerged as recognized artistic practices, collected by major museums, institutions, and private collectors the world over.
This book surveys the developments in digital art from its appearance in the 1980s up to the present day, and looks ahead to what the future may hold. It explores themes addressed and raised by the art, such as viewer interaction, artificial life and intelligence, political and social activism, networks and telepresence, as well as issues such as the collection, presentation, and preservation of digital art.
Ch. 1 Digital technologies as a tool 27
Ch. 2 Digital technologies as a medium 67
Ch. 3 Themes in digital art 139
Artists' websites and online art projects 248
Digital arts organizations and networks, museums, and galleries 249
Digital art festivals 249
Select new media art exhibitions 249
Select bibliography 250
List of illustrations 251