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Futures Past

Thirty Years of Arts Computing

In decades past, artists envisioned a future populated by technological wonders such as hovercraft vehicles and voice-operated computers. Today we barely recognize these futuristic landscapes that bear only slight resemblance to an everyday reality. Futures Past considers digital media’s transformative impact on the art world from a perspective of thirty years’ worth of hindsight. Herein a distinguished group of contributors—from researchers and teachers to curators and artists—argue for a more profound understanding of digital culture in the twenty-first century.
This unprecedented volume examines the disparities between earlier visions of the future of digital art and its current state, including frank accounts of promising projects that failed to deliver and assessments of more humble projects that have not only survived, but flourished.  Futures Past is a look back at the frenetic history of computerized art that points the way toward a promising future.

128 pages | 25 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 | © 2007

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Table of Contents

by Trish Cashen
Experimental Interaction
Painting Digital, Letting Go
by James Faure Walker
Microanalysis as a Means to Mediate Digital Arts
by Matthias Weiss
Indexed Lights
by Pierre R. Auboiron
Educating with Computers
A Computer in the Art Room
by Catherine Mason
Learning Resources for Teaching History of Art in Higher Education
by Jutta Vinzent
Projects and Archives: Histories and Resurgence
Sourcing the Index: Iconography and its Debt to Photography
by Colum Hourihane
The Medium was the Method: Photography and Iconography at the Index of Christian Art
by Andrew E. Hershberger
The Good, the Bad and the Accessible:  Thirty Years of Using new Technologies in BIAD Archives
by Sian Everitt
Online Information: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Object Information at the Victoria and Albert Museum: Successes and Failures in Web Delivery
by Melanie Rowntree
This is the Modern World: Collaborating with ARTstor
by Vickie O’Riordan
Towards a Semantic Web: The Role of Ontologies in the Literary Domain
by Luciana Bordoni
CHArt - Computers and the History of Art
Guidelines for Submitting Papers for the CHArt Yearbook

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