Why does it have to fit into a definition at all?
Sarah reminded us that perhaps we might seek out the boundaries of new
media art - if boundaries are indeed what one is looking for... but hey ...
we are talking about post-modern collections here and breaking old
boundaries is exactly what contemporary artists have been doing since Duchamps.
There probably isn't a substance on the planet, animal, mineral or
vegetable, legal or illegal that hasn't been incorporated into a
contemporary art exhibition at one time or another. While all media
(remember the once popular label "mixed-media") and all materials take
their place in the gallery, when there is a machine generating electronic
images thrown in for good company, the show instantly becomes a new media
exhibition. When the electronic experience is delivered via the Internet,
either from remote locations or the room next door, it automatically
becomes web-art or net-art.
The only down-side to New Media Curating is when the electricity is off -
and in the same light, web-art or net-art doesn't shine too well when the
server is down ... dont you miss those sharks in formaldehyde ... they were
so... how can I put this ... so very palatable!
"There's so much comedy on television.
Does that cause comedy in the streets?"
Susan Hazan - Curator of New Media Education Unit
Head of Internet Office - The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Tel: 972 2 6708066
Fax: 972 2 6708077
Tel (direct): 972 2 5618224 http://www.imj.org.il/shazan