This is what Rhizome made of it... Anyone at nettime has already seen 
this show and would like to comment on it? Best, Geert

New Media History Refreshed

As with any vibrant art form, new media finds itself historicized
in multiple and evolving ways. Significant attention has been paid
to whether the field is alive, dead (date negotiable), or risen
from the grave, and to defining its constituent elements. Automatic
Update, an exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art organized
by Barbara London, argues that new forms of media art rose with
the swell of the dot-com era and became mainstream in its wake.
The five installations included, all drawn from the moment after
the bubble burst, speak less to the internet or interactivity and
more to a culture saturated with media of all kinds. As markers
of this designated cultural moment, the works on view vary widely
in their ideas and approaches. Jennifer and Kevin McCoy explore
the interplay between the construction of cinematic genre and the
development of personal history in Our Second Date (2004). Xu Bing
ponders remote communication in Book from the Ground (2007, and in!
-progress) in which a dialogue between two individuals, separated
by a mylar screen, is translated into a vocabulary of computer-like
icons. Also featured are new and recent works by Cory Arcangel, Paul
Pfeiffer, and Rafael Lozano-Hammer. It's arguable whether new media
art has become mainstream, yet the assertion that the Internet has
fundamentally changed contemporary culture and propelled new art forms
is undeniable. This influence is explored in screenings organized by
London with Hanne Mugaas that run concurrently with the exhibition,
including signature works by film and video-makers such as Iara Lee,
Kristin Lucas, Takeshi Murata, Miranda July and Marcin Ramocki, among
others. Automatic Update is on view until September 10th. - Lauren

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