This title is Taschen 25 - Special edition! It explores art in the age of digital communication. Artists have always been early adopters of emerging media technologies, from Albrecht Durer and his use of the printing press in the 16th century to Nam June Paik's experiments with video in the 1960s. In 1994, the advent of the Internet as a popular medium catalyzed a global art movement that began to explore the cultural, social, and aesthetic possibilities of such new communication technologies as the Web, video surveillance cameras, wireless phones, hand-held computers, and GPS devices. This book addresses New Media art as a specific art historical movement, focusing not only on technologies and forms but also on thematic content and conceptual strategies. New Media art often involves appropriation, collaboration, and the free sharing of ideas and expressions, and frequently addresses the political ramifications of technology around issues of identity, commercialization, privacy, and the public domain. Many New Media artists are profoundly aware of their art historical antecedents, making reference to Dada, Pop Art, Conceptual art, Performance art, and Fluxus.
Reena Jana is a New York-based critic and editor. She has written on contemporary art and digital culture for a variety of publications, including Artforum, Art and Auction, Art in America, ARTnews, Bookforum, Flash Art, frieze, The New York Times and Wired. Mark Tribe is a New York-based artist and curator. He is Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), where he teaches digital media production. He has organized curatorial projects for the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), MASS MoCA (North Adams, Massachusetts) and inSite_05 (San Diego/Tijuana). In 1996, he founded Rhizome.org, an online resource for New Media art.