Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age

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Routledge (2004)




a sweeping survey of the impact of video and digital technologies on visual culture and artistic practice and examines the revolutionary changes taking place in the role of the artist as social communicator. It recounts the involvement of those artists who pioneered early use of electronic mediums in the arts, describing the development of entirely new forms of representation and practice such as those associated with video and digital installations, net art, viewer participation, and virtual, augmented reality.Lovejoy?s richly detailed history traces how the rise of new media has affected the way artists think, see, and work and the ways in which their productions are distributed and communicated. Lovejoy discusses the work of a wide range of artists, including Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Bill Viola, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, Shirin Neshat, Char Davies, Janet Cardiff, Jeffrey Shaw and Krzystof Wodijcko. She critiques key works and the new issues they raise in the context of today?s major cultural shifts. The book also has an associated website,, which contains significant additional information, including updated links to artists? homepages, texts, contextual materials, a glossary and timelines. This third expanded and updated edition has a major chapter on the Internet and new sections on sound, narrative, and on science and art, making it an ideal new media and visual culture source book.

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