Before and After the I-bomb: An Artist in the Information Environment

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Banff Centre Press, 2002 - Art - 376 pages
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There was a time, not too long ago, when people wrote letters (and mailed them), picked up the phone and spoke to people (not voice mail systems) and considered whether to invest in expensive new "fax" technology as a means of speeding up communication. Children went outside to play games that didn't require a console and screen, schools bought books, and computers filled entire floors of some offices. In less than twenty years, our homes, schools, cars, workplaces and leisure activities have been revolutionized by the onslaught of technology.Tom Sherman, part artist, part writer and part visionary, got wired early and has spent much of his career leading the way through the aftershocks of the "I-Bomb" and its information revolution.

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Contents

After the IBomb 1999
2
Shades of Catatonia 1999
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Wordwatch Systems Inc Watches What You Say 1995
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Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Tom Sherman is a media artist, writer and broadcaster. He knows the media environment from several perspectives, having worked in mainstream radio and television, but also having produced groundbreaking art with video gear, industrial robots, surveillance systems and telecommunications networks. He founded the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts, co-founded Fuse magazine, and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. Sherman performs and records with the group Nerve Theory. He currently teaches media art history, theory and practice at Syracuse University in New York, but considers Nova Scotia's South Shore his home.

Peggy Gale is a Toronto-based independent curator and writer whose texts on contemporary art, especially video art, have become artistic benchmarks. She has published essays in Video by Artists 鴅6, 1986), Mirror Machine: Video and Indentity 鴇5), and Lectures obliques鴇9), and texts in numerous catalogues. Videotexts, a selection of her essays, was published in 1995. Among the many exhibitions she has organized are Videoscape (Art Gallery of Ontario, 1974-1975), XIV Bienal Internacional de São Paulo 鴅7), Electronic Landscapes (National Gallery of Canada, 1989), the Biennale of the Moving Image (Madrid, 1990), and Tout le temps/Every Time (La Biennale de Montréal, 2000). In 2006, Gale received the Governor General s Award for Visual and Media Arts.

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