Pioniere, Bastler, Provokateure / Pioneers, Tinkerers, Provocateurs
April 2018, 108 pages, 51 mainly colour illustrations, softcover with flaps, 16,5 x 23 cm, German/English
Medienkunst in der Schweiz / Media Arts in Switzerland
Pioneers, tinkerers, provocateurs
Featuring Andreas Bosshard, the media art group etoy, Studer/van den Berg, Wachter & Jud, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Marc Lee and rebell.tv
Never before in history a medium has so radically changed society and culture as digitization and the Internet have. This development has also brought forth a new art movement: media arts.
This publication traces this explosive development in Switzerland since the mid-90s. It addresses on the one hand the most important artistic strategies – sound and video art, Internet art, hacking, mashup and remix, do-it-yourself, robotics and machine art as well as purely conceptual approaches – and, on the other hand, also the role of promoters, festivals, universities and art galleries and exhibition spaces.
The emphasis is on projects and artists supported by the Migros Cultural Percentage since 1998. Works of art are discussed and also the artists themselves – many distinguished internationally - speak about their work.
About the author:
Dominik Landwehr (*1958) heads the Pop and New Media department of the Migros Cultural Percentage and is publisher of the Edition Digital Culture series. Dominik Landwehr has a PhD in culture and media science and regularly publishes in various media.
Tipp der Woche (Sabine Altorfer, Schweiz am Wochenende, 5.05.2018)