NEW MEDIA ART

Dates: 1965-Present

Origin: International

Key Artists: Maurice Benayoun

A term used to describe the sophisticated technologies that have become available to artists. New media defines the mass influx of media, from the CD-Rom to the mobile phone and the world wide web, that can enable the production and distribution of art digitally. Websites like MySpace and YouTube are key aspects of new media, being places that can distribute art to millions of people at the click of a button.

“New Media.” Tate.org.uk. Tate.org.uk. 12 March 2010. <www.tate.org.uk/collections/glossary/definition.jsp?entryId=620>

New media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art technologies, computer robotics, and art as biotechnology. The term differentiates itself by its resulting cultural objects and social events, which can be seen in opposition to those deriving from old visual arts (i.e. traditional painting, sculpture, etc.) This concern with medium is a key feature of much contemporary art and indeed many art schools and major Universities now offer majors in “New Genres” or “New Media”. New Media Art often involves interaction between artist and observer. New Media concerns are often derived from the telecommunications, mass media and digital modes of delivery the artworks involve, with practices ranging from conceptual to virtual art, performance to installation.

Wikipedia contributors. “New media art.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 24 Feb. 2010. Web. 12 Mar. 2010. <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_media_art>

Maurice Benayoun

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