Media Art Net, the first volume of the Media Art Translation Series is now on shelf.
Media Art Translation Series is a project of TASML
Series Editors: ZHANG Ga, Peter Weibel
Media Art Net edited by Rudolf Frieling and Dieter Daniels, translated by Peggy Panziyi, Cheng Yun
Published By Horizon Publishing House / Shanghai Century Publishing Co., Ltd.
The reception of works of media art needs to be addressed in other ways than the well-trodden paths of academic writing and book publishing. A complex, interactive, and time-based practice can hardly be adequately captured by photographs and text only. Media Art Net, in fact, has attempted to change the very format of academic writing and historical documentation, thus inscribing itself into a longer history of media formats of distribution and reception. In the 1960s and 1970s, books and magazines dedicated to media art addressed a very limited special interest group; in the 1980s the distribution of video documentations and compilations expanded onto videotape formats such as U-matic and VHS; since the 1990s CD-Rom publications introduced multimedia features, and since 2000 the internet finally seems to be the place where content and comment share a joint context. Media Art Net has been part of this longer history: It started as a series of multimedia publishing projects (CD- Rom / book) back in 1997 with Media Art Action, followed by volume two in 2000, Media Art Interaction, and then developed into the online platform and two related book publications (Media Art Net 1: Survey of Media Art, 2004 and Media Art Net 2: Key Topics, 2005). This double format wanted to address the reliability and readability of the printed book with the multimedia features and hyperlink structure of online publishing.
“The most comprehensive publication on media art in the Chinese speaking world.” Gao Shiming, Dean, School of Intermeida Art, China Academy of Art
“Essential to the global future of media art is the understanding and appreciation of its rich history, and this seminal book gathers some of the most important and inspiring examples from this history. Those interested in the theory and practice of media art will find it an invaluable resource, while its on-line component sets it apart as a ground-breaking initiative. The editors Dieter Daniels and Rudolf Frieling have been intimately engaged with the developments in Media Art from day one, and this is reflected in the passion, insightfullness and authority of their achievement. The book’s entry into the Chinese-speaking world will amplify its academic and artistic significance. ” Jeffrey Shaw, Dean, School of Creative Media, City University, Hong Kong