An overview of the work done on Arts & Médias since the soft launch in summer 2020, and a quick mention of what's to come.
Arts & Médias is meant as a hub for content and resources about contemporary art with a bias towards media art and installation art.
We understand art as concepts and projects which interact with or critique/criticize art history and institutions.
While media art may concern itself with those themes, it is most likely to address issues raised by contemporary technology and communications.
The name is a play on Arts et Métiers, which is an engineering school in Paris, but which also means "arts and crafts".
We wish to offer a portal where one can find artists, projects, galleries, etc. We subscribe to the original idea of the web, where websites serve as libraries with hyper-references to all sorts of content.
We hope this website can be something between curated content and a wiki. We wish to be different things to different people, while serving all with fascinating content.
Not every one is a creator, a writer, or a scholar; some simply enjoy this type of art. We wish to offer those people a way to enjoy content, whether it is articles to read, projects and artists to discover, galleries to visit — whether at home or when travelling.
While we do not aim to become a portfolio website, we do showcase some projects and artists when we discover them.
Much if not all of our content is built around relationships between people, projects, articles, organizations, etc. This allows visitors and artists to discover their contemporaries and trends that occur.
Thanks to Arts & Médias, visual artists and artisans, as well as art historians can access many starting points and references for their research. It is also a platform where they can discover their contemporaries and trends that occur.
We also hope that some students will want to publish their academic papers here, which could help offer some of them a first chance at publishing texts outside of academic circles.
There are already many authors of books and writers of editorials, critiques, reviews, etc. out there. Many of them are already published, whether on paper or online. We do not wish to compete with that, we wish to offer a centralized showcase of content that relates to media arts. As such, we do list many articles and books, but we only mention them and link to their original location.
Just as we do for students, we also hope some writers would be interested enough to publish their texts directly on this site as well.
Eventually, we wish to translate this site into many languages. This could be an opportunity for translators to obtain contracts to translate texts that are published elsewhere so we could publish them here.
Before we can consider translations, we have to investigate how we could make this work, so that obtain agreement from authors and copyrights holders.
With many potential visitors, we believe more than a few of them could be interested in pursuing their studies in programs that are related to media art. This would be a good place for many academic institutions and educators to make their academic programs or workshops visible.
This current iteration of this project is the creation of mostly one person. We wish to discover, learn, and evolve.
Arts & Médias has the lofty goal of being a reference for all things related media arts and installation art. However, cataloguing every possible artwork, artist, and other resources is not possible without help.
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