How New Media Art is Reshaping Museum Structures and Practices
By: Eun Jin Kang
Published: 10/2015
Uploaded: 10/21/2015
Uploaded by: Arts Administration Program
Pockets: Arts Administration, Arts Administration Program Theses, Arts Administration Program Theses (Permission Required), Arts Administration: General, Media, Multimedia, Computers & Networks, Visual Arts, Museums, Crafts, ARAD Theses: Fall 2013 to Spring 2015
Tags: Conservation, digital art, media art, Museum Practices, New media art, Time-based Art, video art, Visual Arts Practices

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Description/Abstract: New media art that uses technological platforms (e.g. film, video, electronic recordings, digital and online media) has become increasingly present in contemporary art. But because of its immaterial (i.e. artwork is not embodied to the hardware required for its presentation) and interdisciplinary nature, new media art poses unique challenges to museums that aim to incorporate these works into the existing system of categorization that is based on physical medium. Examining the current practices of defining new media art in the museum context as well as exploring challenges of exhibition, acquisition, and conservation, I argue that new media art in museums are driving shifts in departmentalized museum structures and prompting interdisciplinary collaborations among museum professionals.