About this book
— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — off legitimate research interests against artists’ justi?ed claims for economic grati?cation? And how could new methods of documentation and dissemination, for example on the Internet, contribute to a more liberal access to the (so-far) closed-circuit system of established formulas for the mediation of multi-media artworks, in order to create a wider frame of reference via new visualization techniques? These questions were debated among other issues at an international symposium, held in the spring of 2004 at the University of Art in Bremen. As intentionally re?ected in the adapted title from Dan Graham’s seminal video-feedback installation »Present Continuous Past(s)«, the conference discussions crystallized around three main aspects, namely the relation of the artists’ intention to the faithful presentation and preservation of multi-media artworks for possible future re-presentations, the speci?c reception conditions that these works require as much in their gallery displays as under the conditions of post-exhibition documentation (particularly in anticipation of future presentations), and ?nally – as implicitly re?ected in all of these aspects – the philosophical dimensions of media art’s historicity. Media art’s ›becoming-of-age‹ has generally caused more concern and has led to more useful strategic initiatives within the museum context than in the academic ?eld of art history.