Before I enrolled in this program, I didn’t know what exactly New Media was. My general definition for New Media at that time was artwork created by computers. It was this curiosity of finding out what New Media was that led me to choose this program. After asking many people, the common response I received was, “New Media is always changing”. I didn’t understand what that meant at first but I began to realize why it was changing after doing some research. This is what I found regarding to the Mystery of New Media.
In my opinion, New Media takes on a more modern approach, where artists incorporate technology into their artwork. During the past, only traditional forms of medium were used such as printing, cinema, and audio. New media enables the option of incorporating the benefits of the Internet to art pieces. With the existence of the Internet, a wider range of medium is available to New Media artists.
New media relates to any art or design piece involving technology. The art itself can take many forms. This includes visual art, audio art, and interactive art. In short, to use a quote from Professor Susan LK Gorbet, New media is “People doing interesting and innovative things with technology”.
I can understand why many people I asked in the past referred New Media to art that is “always changing”. New Media changes and become more advanced alongside with our technology. Meaning more options will be available to artists if newer technology were available. Thus, New Media artwork from this generation will certainly be different from artwork in the next generation.
Email Interview – Susan LK Gorbet- Artist and Professor – Ryerson University
Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. Cambridge: MIT Press/Leonardo Books, 2001.