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Retracing Political Dimensions: Strategies in Contemporary New Media Art

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Cover: Retracing Political Dimensions. Image: Mario Klingemann, Face Feedback 02066, Neurography, 2018.

Cover illustration: Seiko Mikami, Desire of Codes, 2011.

Cover: MediaArtHistories, MIT Press 2007.

Cover: Virtual Art, MIT Press 2004.

Retracing Political Dimensions: Strategies in Contemporary New Media Art
Edited by Oliver Grau and Inge Hinterwaldner
De Gruyter (Berlin/Boston) / Published: November 23, 2020
With contributions by: Elisa Arca, Andrés Burbano, Derek Curry, Yael Eylat Van Essen, Mathias Fuchs, Jennifer Gradecki, Oliver Grau, Sabine Himmelsbach, Inge Hinterwaldner, Ingrid Hoelzl, Katja Kwastek, José-Carlos Mariátegui, Gerald Nestler, Randall Packer, Viola Rühse, Chris Salter.

At the beginning of the 21st century, new forms and dynamics of interplay are constituted at the interfaces of media, art and politics. Current challenges in society and ecology, like climate, surveillance, virtualization of the global financial markets, are characterized by hybrid and subtle technologies. New media art utilizes its broad range of expression in order to tackle the most urgent topics through multi-sensorial, participatory, and activist approaches.

Pages 265, Illustrated. Color: 59
Paperback: ISBN: 978-3-11-067094-3 PDF: ISBN: 978-3-11-067098-1

Museum and Archive on the Move: Changing Cultural Institutions in the Digital Era
Oliver Grau (Ed.) / Wendy Coones / Viola Rühse
DeGruyter, Munich/New York, 2017
With contributions by: Okwui Enwezor, Sean Cubitt, Christiane Paul, Oliver Grau, Lev Manovich, Sarah Kenderdine /Jeffrey Shaw, Jorge Wagensberg, Viola Rühse, Dieter Bogner, Erkki Huhtamo, Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Youngjin Lee, Wendy Coones, Morten Søndergaard, Andreas Broeckmann, Harald Kraemer, Lutz Engelke / Anja Osswald

“The publication provides an excellent overview on the current issues at stake in museums, archives and institutions (...) A highly recommended read to all professionals in the field."
–Gabriela Galati, Leonardo

MediaArtHistories
Oliver Grau (Ed.), MIT-Press 2007
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 Stafford And Peter Weibel.

Leading scholars take a wider view of new media, placing it in the context of art history and acknowledging the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach in new media art studies and practice.

"A rich selection of important texts by some of the most noteworthy figures in media art history, and together they will do much to shape the content of this new discipline.
–Charlie Gere, the Art Book

Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion
Oliver Grau, MIT Press 2004
An overview of the art historical antecedents to virtual reality and the impact of virtual reality on contemporary conceptions of art.

"In his highly original book Grau argues that artists have been using a variety of techniques to immerse observers within their works for millennia."
–Nature

"A must read for anyone interested in new media, visual culture, art history, cinema, and other fields that use virtual images."
–Lev Manovich

"The highly ambitious task of locating the latest image technologies within a wider art-historical context has now been accomplished"
–Friedrich Kittler

"..Virtual Art puts forth the sort of provocative insights that any Newromancer fan can appreciate."
–Book of the Month, Scientific American

"Oliver Grau has given us one of the more fascinating works.."
–WIRED

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