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Art and Electronic Media book coverThis dynamic resource complements Edward Shanken’s books Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon, 2009) and Inventar el Futuro: arte – electricidad – nuevos medios (Departamento de Ficción, 2013). The growing number of images, videos, texts, and links provided here offer additional information and multimedia documentation about work by individuals, groups, and institutions that have made valuable contributions to the discourses of electronic art. The site follows the book’s organization in seven thematic streams but can also be searched by keyword and tag-cloud links. You don’t need to register to explore content but registered users can access a rich interface to submit entries that will be considered for publication. Additional functionality and content are under development, and your contributions to that process are welcome. We hope that this resource will assist in the process of teaching and learning and are grateful for your submissions and feedback.



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