Dr. Rudolf Frieling

Media art must be transmitted in a multi-media way

Lecture given at the symposium "Mapping"

Rudolf Frieling

Rudolf Frieling




Media art—by definition multimedia, time-based or process-oriented-cannot be sufficiently mediated in book form. Mainstream art and cultural mediation, still being primarily print-based, do little justice to its specificity. On the other hand, Net-based media have not yet been able to establish platforms that reach more than the usual circle of insiders. Introducing the range of topics related to media and art,“Media Art Net” thus aims at establishing an Internet structure that offers highly qualified content by granting free access at the same time. Tendencies of art and media technology development throughout the twentieth century serve as the background for promoting historic and contemporary perspectives on artistic work in and with the media. A combination of diverse representational modes will offer a condensed, attractively presented multimedia focus for the interested "surfer" as well as profusely documented in depth information for users specifically involved in research. The main objective is, therefore, to establish theoretically and audio-visually convincing forms of relationships and references that cross the boundaries of genre.
“Media Art Net” foremost promotes topical cross references offering various access points: the classic index and search engine based on the complex structure of database links, the exploratory approach, the artistic perspective and the scientific-historic aspect as formulated in topical essays by competent authors.
An initial step is the exemplary survey of historic and current positions and contexts of media art (also see the publication “Media Art Net 1: Survey”). In a second phase, exploring seven thematic topics locates seminal interfaces between media and art where a network of curators will present a variety of approaches and contexts. One of these topics will be dedicated to “Mapping and Text”.

KünstlerInnen / AutorInnen



Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM)


Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Lorenzstraße 19, 76135 Karlsruhe , Deutschland

Partner / Sponsoren

Goethe-Institute and the German Ministry of Research and Education BMBF.


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Eingabe des Beitrags

, 20.04.2004