Volume 17: Hi-Tech features ten artists working at the intersection of new ideas in art and technology. Its release follows Volume 16: Lo-Tech, and the two function not as a timeline of emerging technologies in art, but as two poles between which most new media artists find themselves working today.
Volume 16: Lo-tech presents nine artists who work with basic, or in some cases antiquated technology, either as an aesthetic or technical choice. As the rate of technological advancement increases, nostalgia for fleeting technologies swells. The term lo-tech also describes modern techniques and equipment which are no longer cutting-edge. Today’s innovative technology is tomorrow’s lo-tech with all the accompanying cultural and psychological references, connotations, and baggage.
This DVD marks the twentieth anniversary of the Visual Arts Program, founded in 1989 within the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT by Professor Ed Levine. From the outside, the VAP is best known for its Masters of Science in Visual Studies (SMVisS), a two-year graduate program. In 2009, the Visual Arts Program became the program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT), merging with the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, which was created in 1967 by Hungarian emigre Gyorgy Kepes.
For the purposes of publishing in ASPECT, the definition of New Media is anything better documented with a video camera than a still camera. However, the broader definition of New Media is still vigorously debated. At ASPECT we believe that there are two definitive qualities of this genre of art: that the materials are in a constant state of flux and evolution, and that artists practicing within this field tend to find their inspiration outside the art world. In V.