Institutional Presentation Statement
New media applications are created in software houses and by individual digital designers and artists; new media are criticized largely by academics in Art History, English, Communications, and other humanities departments in universities. What is the relationship between their critical theories and the design of new media? Can such cultural and historical perspectives ever hope to effect practice in substantive ways?
- Diane Gromala & Jay David Bolder have been trying to bring together the practical and the theoretical in their own work and pedagogical practices. Diane Gromala examines so-called critical art and critical technology practices, as well as attendant pedagogical strategies Jay Bolter’s historical study, conducted with Richard Grusin, argues that new media refashion or ‘remediate’ earlier media. Through their own work and class-room trials, they will suggest ways in which seemingly abstract historical and critical theories might have a practical influence on new media design and pedagogy.