"What I mean by new media art is art that is created, stored and presented by means of digital technologies, and that uses these technologies as a medium, not as a tool. New media are by nature computable, they are, as video, time-based and dynamic, but there are a lot of other characteristics that apply – from networked and real-time to telematic, variable and generative. Each and every one of those characteristics poses challenges for the curator."
"New media art can still come in various forms – installations, networked or not, virtual or augmented reality, net art, software art, mobile or locative art – and each and every one of these forms poses challenges to its presentation in the museum space. The biggest challenge I see is that of aesthetics: that curators and institutions communicate the aesthetics of the medium and people understand the aesthetics of the medium."
Christiane Paul is the Director of the Media Studies Graduate Programs and Associate Prof. of Media Studies at The New School, NY, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has written extensively on new media arts and lectured internationally on art and technology. Her recent books are Context Providers – Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts (Intellect, 2011), co-edited with MargotLovejoy and Victoria Vesna; New Media in the White Cube and Beyond (UC Press, 2008); and Digital Art (Thames and Hudson 2003; expanded new edition 2008). At the Whitney Museum, she curated the shows "Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools" (May 2011), "Profiling" (2007), and "Data Dynamics" (2001); the net art selection for the 2002 Whitney Biennial; the online exhibition "CODeDOC" (2002) for artport, the Whitney Museum’s online portal to Internet art for which she is responsible; as well as "Follow Through" by Scott Paterson and Jennifer Crowe (2005). Other recent curatorial work includes "Eduardo Kac: Biotopes, Lagoglyphs and Transgenic Works" (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2010); Biennale Quadrilaterale (Rijeka, Croatia, 2009-10); "Feedforward - The Angel of History" (co-curated with Steve Dietz; Laboral Center for Art and Industrial Creation, Gijon, Asturias, Spain, 2009-2010) and INDAF Digital Art Festival (Incheon, Korea, Aug. 2009).
◆ Christiane Paul's Website
◆ Christiane Paul: Challenges for a Ubiquitous Museum. Presenting and Preserving New Media - contribution to "Refresh! 2005", Media Art History Conference in Banff, Canada, 2008