I am glad to see that the word 'art' has entered the discussion, albeit
in a rather embarrassed fashion. It seems to me that in the main art is
the term that is least debated, discussed or engaged with in attempts to
define and delineate what constitutes 'new media art'. I know that for
many, including I am sure some of you reading this post, the term 'art'
and all it represents is beside the point as far as new media practice
is concerned. Nevertheless there is something to be said for thinking
about such practice in relation to art as a category. Therefore in a
somewhat naive spirit of enquiry I would like to pose the following
*Is 'new media art' actually 'art'?
*If so, why?
*If not, why not?
PS Pre-emptive apologies to Lars if any discussion these questions
provoke ends up in a dusty and boring place
PPS To prove that I too occasionally actually look at work and in the
service of providing examples, here are two pieces that I personally
like, and which also might be relevant to the above questions (though I
am sure that many of you are familiar with these works already);
Thomson and Craighead's 'Short Films about Flying' -
Susan Collin's 'Fenlandia' - <http://www.susan-collins.net/fenlandia>