Call for Book Proposals: New Media and Digital Technology

Vernon Press invites monograph or edited volume proposals on the theme: “New Media and Digital Technology,” for our book series in Art. All areas of study, with a common goal of representing the impact of new media and digital technology on the arts, are encouraged to submit including disciplines such as Art, Education, Music Studies, and Sociology.

 

Now more than ever we live in an increasingly digital culture, where different technological advances intersect with and pervade almost every aspect of our lives. As technology has evolved so has the way in which society relates to and interacts with it. Technology has not only transformed society both socially and culturally, but it has also had a profound effect on the way in which the arts are made, interacted with and taught.

Technology has had a destabilizing effect on artistic practice. New genres have emerged that defiantly challenge accepted mediums of artistic production. New Media, Digital Art, and Post-Internet Art are just some of the terms that have been used in an attempt to define these new hybrid art forms. For Quaranta, New Media art is not so much about technology as sociology as he sees it as an expression within a specific ‘art world’ (Quaranta, 2013).

Technological advancements have also called into question the status of institutions and the role they must play in our now media-saturated world (Gere, 2004). It is clear that art institutions and their staff must adapt to and embrace technology if they are to keep audiences interested (Quaranta, 2012). By ‘going digital’ and engaging with social media, art institutions have the opportunity to increase audience engagement and accessibility to their collections. However, technology must be used innovatively to reconfigure and reframe the visitor experience if they are to have any success (Kidd, 2011).

 

The scope of the present call is broad. All issues stemming from the impact of technology on artistic practice to the integration of technology into museum or pedagogical environments will be considered. Possible topics include (non-comprehensive list):

  • New Media, Conceptualism and Post-Internet Art
  • Multimedia and multimodal arts
  • The art of gaming or ‘virtual reality’
  • Curatorial models and strategies in the Digital Age
  • Digital platforms in arts institutions: audience engagement and accessibility of collections
  • The impact of social media on art institutions.
  • Museum education and learning with digital technologies
  • New media and digital technology in arts education (art, theatre studies, music)

 

Deadline for proposals: January 30th 2019

 

How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page monograph proposals at submissions@vernonpress.com or carolina.sanchez@vernonpress.com, including an annotated summary/motivation, a short biographical note and (if applicable) a list of similar titles. Proposals that treat other topics of relevance to the series in Art are also welcome. More information on what we look for in a proposal is available on our website.

 

About the publisher

Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles. Recent and forthcoming titles in this series include Machinima – Socio-Cultural Disturbance and Cosmopolitan Ambassadors: Touring Exhibitions, Cultural Diplomacy and the Intercultural Museums.

More information on  www.vernonpress.com

 

References

Gere, C., (2004) 'New Media Art and the Gallery in the Digital Age', Tate Papers, no.2

Kidd, J., (2011) "Enacting engagement online: framing social media use for the museum"Information Technology & People, Vol. 24 Issue: 1, pp.64-77

Quaranta, D., (2013) Beyond New Media Art, LINK Editions: Brescia

Quaranta, D., (2012) ‘“What’s (Really) Specific about New Media Art? Curating in the Information Age.” Rhizome. N.p.

This proposal is due at January 30th 2019.

Page last updated on October 22nd 2018. All information correct at the time, but subject to change.

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