Relive: Media Art Histories

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MIT Press, Nov 8, 2013 - Art - 384 pages
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In Relive, leading historians of the media arts grapple with this dilemma: how can we speak of "new media" and at the same time write the histories of these arts? These scholars and practitioners redefine the nature of the field, focusing on the materials of history -- the materials through which the past is mediated. Drawing on the tools of media archaeology and the history and philosophy of media, they propose a new materialist media art history. The contributors consider the idea of history and the artwork's moment in time; the intersection of geography and history in regional practice, illustrated by examples from eastern Europe, Australia, and New Zealand; the contradictory scales of evolution, life cycles, and bodily rhythms in bio art; and the history of the future -- how the future has been imagined, planned for, and established as a vector throughout the history of new media arts. These essays, written from widely diverse critical perspectives, capture a dynamic field at a moment of productive ferment.ContributorsSusan Ballard, Brogan Bunt, Andrés Burbano, Jon Cates, John Conomos, Martin Constable, Sean Cubitt, Francesca Franco, Darko Fritz, Zhang Ga, Monika Gorska-Olesinska, Ross Harley, Jens Hauser, Stephen Jones, Douglas Kahn, Ryszard W. Kluszczynski, Caroline Seck Langill, Leon Marvell, Rudy Rucker, Edward A. Shanken, Stelarc, Adele Tan, Paul Thomas, Darren Tofts, Joanna Walewska
 

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Contents

The New Materialism in Media Art History
1
I Considering the Methods of Media Art History
23
Europe
97
New Zealand and Australia
167
IV Artificial Life from Hardware to Wetware
233
V Imagining the Future
335
Contributors
371
Index
377
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Sean Cubitt is Professor of Film and Television at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Cinema Effect and the coeditor of Relive: Media Art Histories, both published by the MIT Press.

Paul Thomas was born in 1951 in New Zealand. He is a journalist and sports biographer. He won the Australian Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel in 1995 for Inside Dope. Thomas' novels are set primarily in Australia and New Zealand, and often also in France, where he spent several years in Toulouse. While Thomas' earlier work consists primarily of crime and sports novels, his recent books explore the psychological state-of-mind of middle-aged urban people at the beginning of the new century. His title's include: Old School, Inside Dope, Guerilla Season, and The Ihaka Trilogy. In 2015 he made the Ngaio Marsh Award shortlist with his title Fallout.

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