: Oliver Grau
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, Digital art has become a major contemporary art form, but it has yet to achieveacceptance from mainstream cultural institutions; it is rarely collected, and seldom included in thestudy of art history or other academic disciplines. In MediaArtHistories, leading scholars seek tochange this. They take a wider view of media art, placing it against the backdrop of art history.Their essays demonstrate that today's media art cannot be understood by technological details alone;it cannot be understood without its history, and it must be understood in proximity to otherdisciplines--film, cultural and media studies, computer science, philosophy, and sciences dealingwith images.Contributors trace the evolution of digital art, from thirteenth-century Islamicmechanical devices and eighteenth-century phantasmagoria, magic lanterns, and other multimediaillusions, to Marcel Duchamp's inventions and 1960s kinetic and op art. They reexamine and redefinekey media art theory terms--machine, media, exhibition--and consider the blurred dividing linesbetween art products and consumer products and between art images and science images. Finally,MediaArtHistories offers an approach for an interdisciplinary, expanded image science, which needsthe "trained eye" of art history.