Book for the Unstable Media

In "Book for the Unstable Media" artists and scientists involved in media art ask themselves the question of how to deal with the hegemony of technology in art and society.

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Issued: 1992

ISBN: 90-9004840-5

Dimensions: 17 x 24 cm

Pages: 168

Type: Paperback, Illustrated, b-w

Language: English


With: Eric Bolle, Florian Rötzer, Jeffrey Shaw, Kristine Stiles, Georges Teyssot with Diller Scofidio, Paul Virilio, Peter Weibel, Gregory Whitehead, Achim Wollscheid.

Edited by Alex Adriaansens, Joke Brouwer, Rik Delhaas and Eugenie den Uyl.


This era, in which ideological oppositions no longer seems to exist, is dominated by the achievements of the Western model: science and technology. It is the era in which all systems are "compatible," in which an adapter can always be found for every opposition and every irregularity is erased by technology; in which, world-wide, the liberal-capitalist democracy is considered ideal; that is the era of the hegemony of technology, a technology which simulates a reality of its own, outside our physical reality, and which absorbs everything. 

In this book, visual artists and scientists involved in media art ask themselves the question of how to deal with the hegemony and the repression of, and the liberation by, technology. Their questions are not only directed at the image of reality produced by technology, that is: simulated reality, but also at the moment when our perception changes. The moment when criticism is still possible and we have not yet been absorbed by this simulated reality. It is a book about media art, which is aware of a changed world vision and which manifests these changes in its relationship with the public. Media art, which clearly distinguishes itself from art based on traditional standards, which has so far been shunning this development, but whose "images" are, indeed, being reproduced by the new technologies.


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