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New Collecting

The collections of museums, galleries and online art organisations are increasingly broadening to include more new media art. Because new media is used as a means of documenting, archiving and distributing art, and because new media art might be interactive with its audiences, this highlights the new kinds of relationships that might occur between audiences as viewers, participants, selectors, taggers or taxonomisers. New media art presents many challenges to the curator and collector, but there is very little published analytical material available to help meet those challenges. This book fills that gap. Drawing from the editor's extensive research and the authors' expertise in the field, the book provides clear navigation through a disparate arena. The authors offer examples from a wide geographical reach, including the UK, North America and Asia and integrate the consideration of audience response into all aspects of their work. The book will be essential reading for those studying or practicing in new media, curating or museums and galleries.
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Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Barbara London. Part I Documentation, Archive, Collection, Conservation: Introduction, Beryl Graham; Modes of collection, Beryl Graham; Collecting new-media art: just like anything else, only different, Steve Dietz; Old media, new media? Significant difference and the conservation of software-based art, Pip Laurenson. Part II Producing, Collecting, Exhibiting: Self-collection, self-exhibition? Rhizome and the new museum, Heather Corcoran and Beryl Graham; From exhibition to collection: Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lindsay Taylor; The museum as producer: processing art and performing a collection, Rudolf Frieling; Objects, intent and authenticity: producing, selling and conserving media art, Caitlin Jones. Part III Audiences, Collections, Exhibitions: Curating emerging art and design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Louise Shannon; Collecting experience: the multiple incarnations of Very Nervous System, Lizzie Muller; Murky categorization and bearing witness: the varied processes of the historicization of new media art, Sarah Cook. Index.

About the Author

Beryl Graham is Research Professor at the University of Sunderland, UK. Barbara London, Beryl Graham, Steve Dietz, Pip Laurenson, Heather Corcoran, Lindsay Taylor, Rudolf Frieling, Caitlin Jones, Louise Shannon, Lizzie Muller, Sarah Cook


'This is essential reading for artists, curators, art historians, students and anyone else interested in creating, commissioning, collecting, exhibiting and documenting new media art. The authors provide an excellent overview of the challenges involved in dealing with 21st-century artworks that are "not easy to collect".' Douglas Dodds, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK 'New forms of art production necessitate new ways of thinking about exhibiting and collecting. This book fills a gap in the field by directly addressing the challenge for curators and audiences alike in exploring ways that do not simply replicate old models but redefine possibilities of what is collected, how, and for whom.' Joasia Krysa, Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark 'New Collecting offers an indispensable acknowledgement of the urgency to develop protocols related to collection and conservation, and helps to ensure that artists working with technology garner the support to continue exploring innovative realms of production.' Journal of Curatorial Studies

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