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Oliver Grau (Editor)
Digital art has become a major contemporary art form, but it has yet to achieve acceptance from mainstream cultural institutions; it is rarely collected, and seldom included in the study of art history or other academic disciplines. In MediaArtHistories, leading scholars seek to change this. They take a wider view of media art, placing it against the backdrop of art history. Their essays demonstrate that today's media art cannot be understood by technological details alone; it cannot be understood without its history, and it must be understood in proximity to other disciplines--film, cultural and media studies, computer science, philosophy, and sciences dealing with images. Contributors trace the evolution of digital art, from thirteenth-century Islamic mechanical devices and eighteenth-century phantasmagoria, magic lanterns, and other multimedia illusions, to Marcel Duchamp's inventions and 1960s kinetic and op art. They reexamine and redefine key media art theory terms--machine, media, exhibition--and consider the blurred dividing lines between art products and consumer products and between art images and science images. Finally, MediaArtHistories offers an approach for an interdisciplinary, expanded image science, which needs the "trained eye" of art history
Print Book, English, 2007
MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2007
xii, 475 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
9780262072793, 9780262514989, 0262072793, 0262514982
The coming and going of images / Rudolf Arnheim
It is forbidden not to touch : some remarks on the (forgotten parts of the) history of interactivity and virtuality / Peter Weibel
Historicizing art and technology : forging a method and firing a canon / Edward A. Shanken
Twin-touch-test-redux : media archaeological approach to art, interactivity, and tactility / Erkki Huhtamo
Duchamp : interface : turing : a hypothetical encounter between the bachelor machine and the universal machine / Dieter Daniels
Remember the phantasmagoria! Illusion politics of the eighteenth century and its multimedial afterlife / Oliver Grau
Islamic automation : a reading of Al-Jazari's The book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices (1206) / Gunalan Nadarajan
The automatization of figurative techniques : toward the autonomous image / Edmond Couchot
Image, process, performance, machinic / Andreas Broeckmann
From film to interactive art : transformations in media arts / Ryszard W. Kluszczynski
The passage from material to interface / Louise Poissant
The myth of immateriality : presenting and preserving new media / Christiane Paul
Device art : a new approach in understanding Japanese contemporary media art / Machiko Kusahara
Projecting minds / Ron Burnett
Abstraction and complexity / Lev Manovich
Making studies in new media critical / Timothy Lenoir
Image, meaning, and discovery / Felice Frankel
There are no visual media / W.J.T. Mitchell
Projection : vanishing and becoming / Sean Cubitt
Between a Bach and a bard place : productive constraint in early computer arts / Douglas Kahn
Picturing uncertainty : from representation to mental representation / Barbara Maria Stafford