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New Media in the White Cube and Beyond

Curatorial Models for Digital Art

Christiane Paul (Editor)

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Paperback, 288 pages
ISBN: 9780520255975
December 2008
$36.95, £27.95
This provocative, cutting-edge anthology addresses the challenges of curating, presenting, and preserving new-media art—artworks that use digital technologies as media and emphasize process over object. As an art form that is inherently time based, dynamic, interactive, collaborative, customizable, and variable, new-media art resists objectification. It boldly challenges the traditional art world's customary methods of presentation and documentation as well as its approach to collection and preservation. Edited and introduced by Christiane Paul and featuring contributions by prominent practitioners—institutional and independent curators, theorists, and conservators—this volume charts developments in an exciting field and addresses the conceptual, philosophical, and practical issues of both curating and presenting new-media art.
Acknowledgments / ix
Introduction
christiane paul / 1

ONE POSITIONING NEW MEDIA ART AND CURATORIAL MODELS
1 New Media Art and the Gallery in the Digital Age
charlie gere / 13

2 Immateriality and Its Discontents: An Overview of Main Models and Issues for Curating New Media
sarah cook / 26

TWO INTERFACING NEW MEDIA

3 Challenges for a Ubiquitous Museum: From the White Cube to the Black Box and Beyond
christiane paul / 51

4 Curating Net Art: A Field Guide
steve dietz / 75

THREE FROM OBJECT TO PROCESS AND SYSTEM

5 Distributed Curating and Immateriality
joasia krysa / 87

6 Death by Wall Label
jon ippolito / 106

FOUR AUTONOMOUS CULTURAL ZONES

7 Participation, Flow, and the Redistribution of Authorship: The Challenges of Collaborative Exchange and New Media Curatorial Practice
sara diamond / 135

8 Reconfiguring Curation: Noninstitutional New Media Curating and the Politics of Cultural Production
patrick lichty / 163

FIVE CASE STUDIES

9 Serious Games
beryl graham / 191

10 (re)distributions: PDA, Information Appliance, and Nomadic Arts as Cultural Intervention
patrick lichty / 207

11 Seeing Double: Emulation in Theory and Practice
caitlin jones and carol stringari / 220

12 games: Computerspiele von KünstlerInnen (games: Computer games by artists)
tilman baumgärtel, hans d. christ, and iris dressler / 233

Contributors / 251
List of Illustrations / 259
Index / 261
Christiane Paul is Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Adjunct Faculty at the School of Visual Arts, New York; the Rhode Island School of Design; the University of California, Berkeley; and the San Francisco Art Institute.
“Eloquently addresses the philosophical, conceptual, and practical issues of new media art concerning current changes in the method of cultural production and the impact on audience and curatorial practices.”—Naea News
“A good compendium of the inherent discourse.”—Neural
“Fascinating.”—Art Asia Pacific
New Media in the White Cube and Beyond perceptively addresses the challenges inherent in the digital arts. The book will be a great asset to the study and practice of presenting media art for many years to come."—Barbara London, curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York

“Provocative and original, New Media in the White Cube and Beyond represents an important contribution to the fields of new media, museum studies, and contemporary art.”—Alexander Alberro, author of Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity

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