[text=center]New book showcases net.art projects and delivers theoretical motivations
Net Works offers an inside look into the process of successfully developing thoughtful, innovative digital media. In many practice-based art texts and classrooms, technology is divorced from the socio-political concerns of those using it. Although there are many resources for media theorists, practice-based students sometimes find it difficult to engage with a text that fails to relate theoretical concerns to the act of creating. Net Works strives to fill that gap.
Using websites as case studies, each chapter introduces a different style of web project–from formalist play to social activism to data visualization–and includes the artists' reflections on the particular challenges and outcomes of developing that project. Scholarly introductions to each section apply a theoretical frame for project themes.
Beyond project summaries, chapters also include an explanation of the websites' technological components; historical, cultural, and ethical perspectives; a list of links; key words; and short online exercises that relate technical skills to individual projects. Combining practical skills for web authoring with critical perspectives on the web, Net Works is ideal for courses in new media design, art, communication, critical studies, media and technology, or popular digital/internet culture.
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Net Works includes chapters by the following artists: Michael Demers, Constant Dullaart, Robert Nideffer, Amy Franceschini, David Lu, and Myriel Milicevic, xtine burrough, Marc Horowitz and Peter Baldes, Brooke Singer, Christian Marc Schmidt, Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, Ethan Ham, Lee Walton, Eduardo Navas, Carlos Motta with Eva Díaz, Freckles Studio, and Stamatina Gregory, molleindustria / Paolo Pedercini, Michael Mandiberg, Steve Lambert, Beatriz da Costa, Conor McGarrigle, Joseph DeLappe, and Jonah Brucker-Cohen.