Hi all,

Regarding this question:

> > >>... I'm disappointed that I have
> > >>not been able to find much useful in print or on the net regarding the
> > >>aesthetics or poetics of net movements.

Perhaps someone has already said this, and apologies for repetition if so,
but there is a major new book which very much deals with this topic:

The Language of New Media
Lev Manovich
The MIT Press: March 2001. ISBN 0-262-13374-1.
352 pp., 55 illus. $34.95/23.95 (cloth).
For more information please visit

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"In this book Lev Manovich places new media within the histories of visual 
and media cultures of the last few centuries. He discusses new media's 
reliance on conventions of old media, such as the rectangular frame and 
mobile camera, and shows how new media works create the illusion of 
reality, address the viewer, and represent space. He shows how categories 
and forms unique to new media, such as interface and database, work with 
the more familiar conventions to make possible a new kind of aesthetic.
Manovich uses concepts from film theory, art history, literary theory, and 
computer science and also develops new theoretical constructs, such as 
cultural interface, spatial montage, and cinegratography. The theory and
history of cinema play a particularly important role in the book. Among 
other topics, Manovich discusses parallels between the histories of cinema 
and of new media, digital cinema, screen and montage in cinema and in new 
media, and historical ties between avant-garde film and new media.

The book looks at most areas of new media: Web sites, virtual worlds, VR, 
human-computer interfaces, computer games, computer animation, digital 
video, special effects, and interactive intallations. It also contains 
detailed analysis of new media works, from such commercial classics as Myst 
and Jurassic Park, to the projects of new media artists and collectives 
such as art+com and Jeffrey Shaw.
Most writings on new media are full of speculation about the future. 
Manovich book analyses new media as it has actually developed up until this 
point, at the same time pointing to directions for new media designers and 
artists which have not been yet explored.

Lev Manovich ( is an Associate Professor in the Visual 
Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. Born in Moscow, 
he holds advanced degrees in cognitive psychology and visual culture. He 
has been working with computer media for almost twenty years as an artist, 
designer, animator, computer programmer, and teacher. His work has been 
published in more than twenty countries, and he frequently lectures on new 
media around the world."

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Hope this is of some assistance.

For those interested in this subject, it may be worth noting that on June 1
- 2, Tate are holding a conference entitled: 'Moving Image As Art:
Time-Based Media In The Art Gallery'.  Lev and others will be speaking at
this event.
See: <> for more

Best wishes

Honor Harger
Webcasting Curator, Education & Interpretation
Tate Modern
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