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Sarah Cook <[log in to unmask]>

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I wonder if one of the contributors to this book, who are on this list, 
could comment on it, or their contribution to it?
-sarah

NEW from The Leonardo Book Series and MIT Press
 
MediaArtHistories, Edited by Oliver Grau; with contributions by Rudolf 
Arnheim, Andreas Broeckmann, Ron Burnett, Edmond Couchot, Sean Cubitt, 
Dieter Daniels, Felice Frankel, Oliver Grau, Erkki Huhtamo, Douglas 
Kahn, Ryszard W. Kluszczynski, Machiko Kusahara, Timothy Lenoir, Lev 
Manovich, W. J. T. Mitchell, Gunalan Nadarajan, Christiane Paul, Louise 
Poissant, Edward A. Shanken, Barbara Maria Stafford and Peter Weibel.

Digital art has become a major contemporary art form, but it has yet to 
achieve acceptance from mainstream cultural institutions; it is rarely 
collected, and seldom included in the study of art history or other 
academic disciplines. In MediaArtHistories, leading scholars seek to 
change this. They take a wider view of media art, placing it against 
the backdrop of art history. Their essays demonstrate that today's 
media art cannot be understood by technological details alone; it 
cannot be understood without its history, and it must be understood in 
proximity to other disciplines--film, cultural and media studies, 
computer science, philosophy, and sciences dealing with images.

Contributors trace the evolution of digital art, from 
thirteenth-century Islamic mechanical devices and eighteenth-century 
phantasmagoria, magic lanterns, and other multimedia illusions, to 
Marcel Duchamp's inventions and 1960s kinetic and op art. They 
reexamine and redefine key media art theory terms--machine, media, 
exhibition--and consider the blurred dividing lines between art 
products and consumer products and between art images and science 
images. Finally, MediaArtHistories offers an approach for an 
interdisciplinary, expanded image science, which needs the "trained 
eye" of art history.

Oliver Grau is Professor for Image Science and Dean of the Department 
for Cultural Studies, Danube University Krems. He is the author of 
Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion (MIT Press, 2003), editor of 
Mediale Emotionen (2005) and founder of the pioneering international 
digital art archive www.virtualart.at. 
 
To order this book and to learn more about other titles in the Leonardo 
Book Series visit the Leonardo Book Series website at: 
http://www.leonardo.info/isast/leobooks.html

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