Subjective Media: A Historic Context for New Media in Art


, Jul 1, 2009


Media art has become increasingly widespread in academia, while paradoxically its status and legitimacy as a discipline is an on-going problem. Motivations for new media art include discussions on the role it plays in creating a new aesthetic for science, its importance in critical media studies, and the introduction of non-traditional media as tools for creative expression. While each of these roles will be explored here, few discussions consider the context of new media art in the whole of the 21st century as a narrative for its existence, describing it instead as an outcome of post-modernist theory. The study of new media art as a definite consequence of earlier movements in art reveals it to be part of a natural cycle between rational and subjective modes of thought.

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