New Media is a very broad term in general, is an ecumenical term for many different kinds of electronic communication that are made possible through computer technology. In the art category, new media for me is a field for people to do interesting art with technology. New media art include art work that is created by technologies, such as animation, digital art, computer graphics, virtual art, internet art and etc.
An Austrian writer Keith Gallasch once said “The term new media includes work that is often, though not always, screen-based and is experienced via computer, on CD-ROM or online, in galleries on screens and in installations, and is increasingly interactive (Gallasch).” The term “increasing interactive” probably is the most important word in the sentence. Unlike the past, people used to make their art work by only “old” media that mean by only pencil, oil paint, canvas or other non electric material, and there are very less interaction between art work itself and the people. But as the rapid development of technology, people start to add technologies into their art works and designs, in order to have more interaction and communication with other people.
Gallasch also clams that new media art is showing the creative potential of digital technologies and bringing together traditionally discontinue art forms in new permutations, it means that new media is going to evolve from time to time continually.
New Media is field rather than a thing, and it is where people can do interesting art with technology in order to interact with other people. It will also be evolving due to the rapid development of technology.
“What is new media?” by Lisa Pine
“What is new media?” http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/N/new_media.html
In repertoire: a guide to Australian new media art By Australia Council, Keith Gallasch
Visual Analogy: Consciousness as the Art of Connecting By Barbara Maria Stafford
Art in the age of digital communication by Reena Jana and Mark Tribe
Rhizome Artbase http://rhizome.org/artbase/report.htm