[Air-l] [Fwd: [CIRASI-LISTE:3428] un livre sur l'histoire du multimedia]

jeremy hunsinger jhuns at vt.edu
Mon Jul 23 18:24:19 PDT 2001


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Subject: [CIRASI-LISTE:3428] un livre sur l'histoire du multimedia
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 20:27:59 -0400
From: Pierre Levy <Pierre_Levy at uqtr.uquebec.ca>
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To: Forum de discussion - collectif CIRASI <cirasi-liste at uqam.ca>

MULTIMEDIA: FROM WAGNER TO VIRTUAL REALITY edited by Randall Packer and
Ken
Jordan foreword by William Gibson published by W.W. Norton, 400 pp.,
$27.95
publication date: July 23, 2001    "This book is one start toward a
different sort of history.... I recommend this book to you with an
earnestness that I have seldom felt for any collection of historic
texts.
 This is, in large part, where the bodies are buried.  Assembled in this
way, in such close proximity, these visions give off strange sparks." -
from the foreword by William Gibson  MULTIMEDIA: FROM WAGNER TO VIRTUAL
REALITY presents an untold history behind the interfaces, links, and
interactivity we all take for granted today. This work traces a fertile
and
fascinating series of collaborations between the arts and the sciences,
going back to the years just after World War II -- and even further, to
composer Richard Wagner, whose ideas about the immersive nature of music
theater foreshadowed the experience of virtual reality.  Among the
essential articles gathered in the book are the Futurists' 1916
manifesto
on cinema, which declared that the new medium would unite all media and
replace the book; Vannevar Bush's 1945 Atlantic Monthly essay that leads
directly to the hyperlinks in today's multimedia; J.C.R. Licklider's
groundbreaking idea in 1960 that people and computers could collaborate
in
creative work; Nam June Paik's 1984 essay proposing that satellite
technology would encourage a global information art; Tim Berners-Lee's
1989
proposal for a document-sharing network, which became the basis of the
World Wide Web; and William Gibson's discussion of how he came up with
the
word "cyberspace." With an insightful introduction to the volume and
critical commentaries on each article, editors Randall Packer and Ken
Jordan lead us through the groundbreaking developments of the multimedia
story.  The book publication completes a unique hybrid publication
project
that joins W.W. Norton with Intel Corporation's ArtMuseum.net. The book
and
the Website, which was launched in June, 2000, are meant to work in
tandem.
On-line, MULTIMEDIA: FROM WAGNER TO VIRTUAL REALITY is a dynamic,
growing
resource featuring hyperlinked texts and a wealth of multimedia
documentation. Please visit the site at http://www.artmuseum.net.   From
the early reviews:  "The best guide yet on a subject of central
importance
to anyone interested in the future of media, and the growing marriage
between art and science....The collection is historically significant,
given that nobody has ever woven together the different threads,
thoughts
and impulses that become multimedia, a new form both of media and
culture.... The book flows skillfully from one idea to the next, each
section building on the one that preceded it." - Jon Katz, Slashdot  "In
the Norton Anthology tradition, Packer and Jordan bring together seminal
contributions that artists and scientists have made to the field of
computer-human interaction... An evocative whirlwind tour through 100
years
of work... Excellent..." - S. Joy Mountford, Wired  "[MULTIMEDIA is] a
key
source book in the field of art, science and technology. This book is
excellent in all respects." - Annick Bureaud, Leonardo Digital Reviews
"Readers interested in the history of multimedia should be enthralled by
this collection of hard-to-find essays.... A remarkable blending of past
and present, these essays remind us that today's wondrous inventions
didn't
just spring into existence out of nothingness." - Booklist   
MULTIMEDIA:
FROM WAGNER TO VIRTUAL REALITY Table of Contents  Foreword by William
Gibson  Overture by Randall Packer and Ken Jordan   I. Integration 1.
Richard Wagner, "Outlines of the Artwork of the Future"  2. F. T.
Marinetti, Bruno Corra, Emilio Settimelli, Arnaldo Ginna, Giacomo Balla,
Remo Chiti, "The Futurist Cinema"  3. László Moholy-Nagy, "Theater,
Circus,
Variety"  4. Richard Higgins, "Intermedia"  5. Billy Klüver, "The Great
Northeastern Power Failure"  6. Nam June Paik, "Cybernated Art" and "Art
and Satellite"   II. Interactivity 7. Norbert Wiener, "Cybernetics in
History"  8. J.C.R. Licklider, "Man-Computer Symbiosis"  9. Douglas
Engelbart, "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework"  10.
John
Cage, "Diary: Audience 1966"  11. Roy Ascott, "Behaviourist Art and the
Cybernetic Vision"  12. Myron Krueger, "Responsive Environments"  13.
Alan
Kay, "User Interface: A Personal View"   III. Hypermedia 14. Vannevar
Bush,
"As We May Think"  15. Ted Nelson, excerpt from Computer Lib/Dream
Machines
16. Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, "Personal Dynamic Media"  17. Marc
Canter,
"The New Workstation: CD ROM Authoring Systems"  18. Tim Berners-Lee,
"Information Management: A Proposal"  19. George Landow and Paul Delany,
"Hypertext, Hypermedia and Literary Studies: The State of the Art"   IV.
Immersion 20. Morton Heilig, "The Cinema of the Future"  21. Ivan
Sutherland, "The Ultimate Display"  22. Scott Fisher, "Virtual Interface
Environments"  23. William Gibson, "Academy Leader"  24. Marcos Novak,
"Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace"  25. Daniel Sandin, Thomas DeFanti,
and Carolina Cruz-Neira, "A Room with a View"   V. Narrativity 26.
William
Burroughs, "The Future of the Novel"  27. Allan Kaprow, "Untitled
Guidelines for Happenings"  28. Bill Viola, "Will There Be Condominiums
in
Data Space?"  29. Lynn Hershman, "The Fantasy Beyond Control"  30. Roy
Ascott, "Is There Love in the Telematic Embrace?"  31. Pavel Curtis,
"Mudding: Social Phenomena in Text-Based Virtual Realities

32. Pierre Lévy, "The Art and Architecture of Cyberspace"




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