What is New Media Art? What does this term really describe? And what has occasioned the schism between this term and the art scene it is supposed to describe? And lastly, what accounts for the limited presence in critical debate of an artistic practice that appears to have all the credentials for representing an era in which digital media are powerfully reshaping the political, economic, social and cultural organization of the world we live in?
Beyond New Media Art is an attempt to analyze the current positioning of so-called New Media Art in the wider field of contemporary art. The book explores the historical, sociological and conceptual reasons for New Media Art’s marginal position and under-recognition in recent art history, and suggests new critical and curatorial strategies to turn this marginalization into a thing of the past, and to stress the topicality of art addressing the media and the issues of the information age.
First published in Italian with the title Media, New Media, Postmedia (Postmedia Books: Milan 2010), through the circulation of excerpts, reviews and interviews, the book caused some debate outside of Italy even before being made available into English (Beyond New Media Art, Link Editions: Brescia 2013). In 2014, a Slovenian edition was published (Onkraj novomedijske umetnosti, Aksioma: Ljubljana 2014), and since 2018 it’s also available in Korean (뉴미디어 아트, 매체를 넘어서, Hwangkumal: Seoul, 2018).