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this blog is nina wenhart's collection of resources on the various histories of new media art. it consists mainly of non or very little edited material i found flaneuring on the net, sometimes with my own annotations and comments, sometimes it's also textparts i retyped from books that are out of print.

it is also meant to be an additional resource of information and recommended reading for my students of the prehystories of new media class that i teach at the school of the art institute of chicago in fall 2008.

the focus is on the time period from the beginning of the 20th century up to today.

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Takehisa Mashimo, Satoshi Shibata, Akio Kamisatom "Moony", 2004

the artists were students from IAMAS, Japan

"Moony for Ogaki Binnale is an artwork using steam and interactive images. We tried to create an marginal space of the theme related to existence. In this installation, visitor can detect the images of butterfly inside the vapor steam. And if visitor touch them, they start to swarm around your hands and fly biside the visitor interactively. But it is impossible to touch them phisically. Visitor will experience the mystic phenomena between real and unreal in this space."


video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6i41sF4-Y

Moony was the first winner of the Prix Ars Electronica's "Next Idea" category and was realized in an artist in residence period at Ars Electronica Futurelab during the summer of 2004, presented first during the Ars Electronica Festival of the same year and continued to be shown at the Center after that.

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... is a Media Art historian and independent researcher. She is currently writing on "speculative archiving && experimental preservation of Media Art" and graduated from Prof. Oliver Grau's Media Art Histories program at the Danube University in Krems, Austria with a Master Thesis on Descriptive Metadata for Media Arts. For many years, she has been working in the field of archiving/documenting Media Art, recently at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media.Art.Research and before as the head of the Ars Electronica Futurelab's videostudio, where she created their archives and primarily worked with the archival material. She was teaching the Prehystories of New Media Class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and in the Media Art Histories program at the Danube University Krems.