Book for the Electronic Arts

"Book for the Electronic Arts" describes 25 years of developing electronic art, necessitating a continuous reevaluation of the classic concepts of art.

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Interviews with: Dick Raaijmakers, Stelarc, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Peter Weibel, Roy Ascott, Adilkno, Erik Hobijn, Felix Hess, Lars Spuybroek, Kodwo Eshun, Geert Lovink, Seiji Shimoda

In the past 25 years the electronic arts have left their pioneering days behind and grown into a fully fledged and richly varied form of art. Electronic art concerns both an artistic approach to technological devices and a technological approach to artistic concepts. Electronic art necessitates a reevaluation of the classic concept of art, and this is exactly what is done in the five essays included here. These essays were written with a lay audience in mind and describe the cultural, scientific, art historic, military-political and socioeconomic backgrounds with which electronic art is in dialogue.

The electronic arts as described here include spectacular devices such as Dutch artist Erik Hobijn's "suicide machine" and the "third arm" of Australian body artist Stelarc, and sophisticated interactive installations like those of Germany's Ulrike Gabriel and Japan's Seiko Mikami. They also include complex Internet projects by the Austrian/German Knowbotic Research (IO_dencies) and the English art inspiration Roy Ascott and the motion architecture of Rotterdam's Lars Spuybroek/NOX. These and other artists are given a voice in the Book for the Electronic Arts. Also included are interviews with pioneers and theorists of electronic art like Dick Raaijmakers, Peter Weibel, Steina and Woody Vasulka and Kodwo Eshun.

The Book for the Electronic Arts is lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs and other documents from the archives of V2_Organisation in Rotterdam, where over the past twenty years, virtually everything that was of interest in electronic art or was later proven to be has been presented.


"Electronic art necessitates a reevaluation of the classic concept of art, and this is exactly what is done in the five essays included here". UNESCO.org



  • Non-Producing Machines
  • Unstable Media
  • Imageless Art
  • Counterintuitive Interfaces
  • Incommunicative Networks


  • Dick Raaijmakers
  • Stelarc
  • Steina and Woody Vasulka
  • Peter Weibel
  • V2_Organisation
  • Roy Ascott
  • Adilkno
  • Erik Hobijn
  • Felix Hess
  • Lars Spuybroek
  • Kodwo Eshun
  • Geert Lovink
  • Seiji Shimoda
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