September 04, 2005

BOOK | interzone

interzone: Media arts in Australia
a new book by Darren Tofts

Media arts have become the most public and accessible form of inquiry into the interface between society, culture and technology. The impact of digital technologies has been profound and new disciplines of inquiry have emerged over the last twenty years in response to the overall "computerisation" of society. Media artists are at the forefront of this inquiry in both their use of new media and their aesthetic exploration of its effects.

interzone presents the first comprehensive overview of the development of media arts culture in Australia. It critically discusses the work of established and emerging media artists and the contexts out of which their work has developed. interzone explores, through the work of more than 70 artists, the emergence of key concepts such as interactivity, interface and immersion. It is wide-ranging in its attention to aesthetic forms that have developed in relation to computer-based media, such as net art, virtual reality environments, digital video, multimedia installation and interactive fiction.

interzone will be published in November by Thames & Hudson Australia.