[rohrpost] mediaarthistories

Oliver Grau oliver.grau at donau-uni.ac.at
Don Feb 1 18:21:07 CET 2007

Liebe Liste, 
freue mich, darauf aufmerksam zu machen, dass unser Gemeinschaftswerk 
frisch erschienen ist. Wir, die Autoren, freuen sich ueber Interesse. 
MediaArtHistories, Cambridge/Mass., MIT-Press, 2007. 
MediaArtHistories, Edited by Oliver Grau; with contributions by Rudolf  
Arnheim, Andreas Broeckmann, Ron Burnett, Edmond Couchot, Sean Cubitt,  
Dieter Daniels, Felice Frankel, Oliver Grau, Erkki Huhtamo, Douglas     
Kahn, Ryszard W. Kluszczynski, Machiko Kusahara, Timothy Lenoir, Lev    
Manovich, W. J. T. Mitchell, Gunalan Nadarajan, Christiane Paul, Louise 
Poissant, Edward A. Shanken, Barbara Maria Stafford and Peter Weibel. 
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.