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

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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.
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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: 10.2 x 1.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Purchased this for class. Covers quite a plethora of artists who have vested in the new media arts over the years. Includes pictures. Densely informative like most other textbooks in the universe... in my POV this is basically a history book for Nerds and Artists XD
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A most important resource for all in the field of art at the intersection of science, technology and electronic media. Wonderful color photos and a brilliantly written book introducing THE major evolution of art in the last 500 years.
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