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Taxonomies Of New Media Art -- Real World Namings

TitleTaxonomies Of New Media Art -- Real World Namings
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsGraham, B.
Secondary TitleMuseums and the Web 2005: Proceedings
Conference Start DateApril 13 - April
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
EditorTrant, J., & Bearman D.
Keywordsart, curating, metadata, New media art, taxonomies

This paper provides an outline of current taxonomies, categories and critical vocabularies for new media art or digital art. The examples are drawn from real-world art contexts, including the new-media curating discussion list. The relationships between namings and the practical considerations of funding and institutional roles of arts institutions are examined. Particular institutions include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and artworks include University of Openess [sic]. Conclusions on useful taxonomies include the characteristics of Interactivity, Connectivity, and Computability (Dietz), and "Medium-Independent Behaviours" (Variable Media).