Andreas Broeckmann on 9 Nov 2000 07:51:16 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] V2_Organisation: Book for the Electronic Arts (2000)

Commissioned by V2_Organisation,  Arjen Mulder and Maaike Post wrote


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 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.

The book is published by de Balie Publishers and V2_Organisation,
distribution outside the Netherlands by Idea Books.

21 x 28 cm, 184 pages, design Joke Brouwer, NLG 45.-
ISBN 90-6617-255-X

(available both in English and in Dutch)

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