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New media art and institutional critique: networks vs ...

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Would be misguided to assume that new media art intentionally engages in institutional. critique as a field of artistic practice. only in the case of ... 11 pages
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New Media Art and Institutional Critique: Networks vs. InstitutionsChristiane PaulNew media art has inspired a variety of dreams about our technological future,among them the dream of a more or less radical reconfiguration of museums and artinstitutions. As a process-oriented art form that is inherently collaborative, participatory,networked and variable, new media practice tends to challenge the structures and logicof museums and art galleries and reorients the concept and arena of the exhibition.New media art seems to call for a "ubiquitous museum" or "museum withoutwalls," a parallel, distributed, living information space open to artistic interference—aspace for exchange, collaborative creation, and presentation that is transparent andflexible. This notion of an "open museum" reaches further than the concept of apostmodern museum without walls outlined by Rosalind Krauss, (1) according to whicharchitectural structures create a visually and physically decentring movement by openingre...