The book "Rethinking Curating: Art after New Media" was published in
March 2010 by MIT Press and immediately became a standard work about
current developments in the field of curating new media art. It explores
the characteristics distinctive to new media art, including its
immateriality and its questioning of time and space, and relates them to
such contemporary art forms as video art, conceptual art, socially
engaged art, and performance art. The authors Sarah Cook and Beryl
Graham, both of whom have extensive experience as curators, offer
numerous examples of artworks and exhibitions to illustrate how the
roles of curators and audiences can be redefined in light of new media
art’s characteristics. They discuss modes of curating, from the familiar
default mode of the museum, through parallels with publishing,
broadcasting, festivals, and labs, to more recent hybrid ways of working
online and off, including collaboration and social networking.
Rethinking Curating offers curators a route through the hype around
platforms and autonomous zones by following the lead of current artists'
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Sarah Cook is a curator and writer based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She
is currently a research fellow at the University of Sunderland where
she co-founded and co-edits CRUMB, the online resource for curators of
new media art and teaches on the MA Curating course.