Sunday, June 1, 2008

prehysteries of new media

prehysteries of new media is nina wenhart's collection of resources on the various histories of new media art. it is the base for a forthcoming book and consists mainly of non or very little edited material i found flaneuring on the net, sometimes with my own annotations and comments, sometimes it's also textparts i retyped from books that are out of print.

it is also meant to be an additional resource of information and recommended reading for my students of the prehystories of new media class that i teach at the school of the art institute of chicago (SAIC) in fall 2008 and 2009.

additionally, on the syllabus for the class is available online as well as a summary for each class.

“Our fine arts were developed, their types and uses were established, in times very different from the present, by men whose power of action upon things was insignificant in comparison with ours. But the amazing growth of our techniques, the adaptability and precision they have attained, the ideas and habits they are creating, make it a certainty that profound changes are impending in the ancient craft of the Beautiful. In all the arts there is a physical component which can no longer be considered or treated as it used to be, which cannot remain unaffected by our modern knowledge and power. For the last twenty years neither matter nor space nor time has been what it was from time immemorial. We must expect great innovations to transform the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art.”
Paul Valéry, Pièces sur L’Art, 1931
Le Conquete de l’ubiquite

started in 2008, ongoing project


a digitally punked archive for collecting, deconstructing + reconfiguring media art in theory and practice, pirating, harvesting data and information, undusting it, spreading it, making them seeds of love, remixing and remastering, experimenting, researching and analyzing. seriously, play.
started in 2008 

// phase 01 [2008 - 2010] collection of materials
// phase 02 [2008 - 2012] research && writing
// phase 03 [starting 2012] putting the A/V materials online - this unfortunately will be delayed a bit :(