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Art and Electronic Media (Themes & Movements) Hardcover – February 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Themes & Movements
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (February 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714847828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714847825
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 10.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'... goes further than just offering a survey view. Edward Shanken unpacks with is now often called new media art into fathomable themes ... As well as his thought-provoking essay, there are images from seminal yet disregarded figures in electronic media' Art World

About the Author

Edward A Shanken is an art historian focusing on 20th-century experimental art. Editor of Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness by Roy Ascott (2001), he serves on the Media Art History faculty at Donau University, Krems, Austria, and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

More About the Author

I like to think of my work as creating and disseminating knowledge. I'm especially interested in the way artists envision the future and create models of it in the present. Throughout the history of art, artists have often employed emerging technologies and scientific ideas in this pursuit. I believe that art, at its best, offers deep insight - a type of knowledge that Gregory Bateson likened to wisdom - that can help build a more compassionate and peaceful future.

As a little boy growing up in the late 1960s, some of my most vivid memories are of the US space-program. I had models of rockets and the lunar landing module, and a plastic space-helmet. I was so excited when the Apollo XI reached the moon! On my little record-player, I endlessly played a recording of Neil Armstrong saying his immortal words, "One small step for man, one giant step for mankind." I drew lots of pictures of rockets and imaginary space vehicles, including a self-portrait in my space-helmet with a rocket, with the letters "N A S A," in the background. Little did I know that my childhood fascinations would lead to my vocation as an art historian whose research focuses on the entwined histories of art, science, and technology!

I hope you enjoy my books and I'm grateful for your feedback and reviews. You can see more of my work at www.artexetra.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jokie X Wilson on March 24, 2009
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What stands out most for me about this book is how, even though it is a review of twentieth-century art, it is the best book I have read to date that offers an exciting perspective on where art can go from there. The book was almost published a few years ago and again a year or so ago. I started to wonder if it would ever get published. The delay appears to be a desire to contextualize up through 2008, to show what the concepts in the twentieth century led to. This is likely because art in 2008, especially electronic media, was being conceived of from the early twentieth century and has, in some cases, only fully manifested itself now. People imagined communicating the way we do now in 2009 long before we had the technology to build an Internet, post home videos, and make use of virtual reality, a term coined in the early twentieth century.

The common thread with the art covered in this book is that it all makes use of electricity in some form. It covers computers, robotics, biotechnology, even body and performance art. Much of it, although not all of it, deals with communication processes. Of course, all of it deals with communication, as that is what art is about.

Another thing that stands out for me is how the written material in this book covers the end of the twentieth century. Much as I have found Art in Theory 1900 - 2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas to be an amazing book, the essays at the very end not only do not cover the material in this book, they are among the weakest in that book. So, I recommend this book for its superior coverage of the turn of the 20th/21st century.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By camy on September 15, 2013
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I haven't finished reading the book, the contents of the previous chapters in great detail. Picture is very interesting.Worth reading!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meagan on January 10, 2014
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Some of the essays annoy me. But the resources of old and new artists is a valuable asset. Nonetheless, as a text for class, it is heavy, expensive, and often very annoying.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shreya A. Sethi on December 11, 2009
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I needed this book for a class. it came in pretty fast and in very good condition. It had a thin layer of plastic protecting it. It is a really good book if you are interested in the history of Electronic Art. Really beautiful images and pretty concise descriptions that help you start further research on the artist. Wish there were more Asian Artist
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