From Celluloid to Cyberspace

From Celluloid to Cyberspace: The Media Arts and the Changing Arts World

Kevin F. McCarthy
Elizabeth Heneghan Ondaatje
Copyright Date: 2002
Edition: 1
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 106
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/mr1552rf
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    From Celluloid to Cyberspace
    Book Description:

    Current knowledge of the operation of the arts world and its underlying dynamics is limited, especially with regard to the media arts--art that is produced using or combining film, video, and computers. The authors examine the organizational features of the media arts, placing them in the context of the broader arts environment and identifying the major challenges they face. They take a structural point of view, discussing audiences, media artists as a group, arts organizations, and funding for the media arts.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-3396-3
    Subjects: Film Studies, Art & Art History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. PREFACE
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. SUMMARY
    (pp. vii-xiv)
  5. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  6. Chapter One INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 1-10)

    Recent studies have called attention to emerging shifts in America’s arts environment and the challenges they are likely to pose for the arts world (McCarthy et al., 2001; Cherbo and Wyszomirski, 2000; Balfe and Peters, 2000; American Assembly, 1997). Pointing to such developments as changing patterns of consumer demand, increasing diversity of artistic forms and artists’ roles, the diffusion of new distribution technologies, increasing collaboration between the commercial and nonprofit arts sectors, and changing funding patterns, these studies argue that the arts in America are entering a new era. The key features of this new era include: a more complex...

  7. Chapter Two THE ARTS ENVIRONMENT IN AMERICA
    (pp. 11-22)

    As we have already indicated, the arts environment in America is changing. In this chapter, we discuss the nature of these changes in greater detail. Although we focus on the shape of change rather than its dynamic, we devote special attention to technology and the role it has played in reshaping the arts environment. There are several reasons for this. First, the role of technology in the arts is often overlooked (Lovejoy, 1992). Second, as we have already noted, we anticipate that technological developments will play an increasing role both in the creation and the distribution of the arts in...

  8. Chapter Three THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MEDIA ARTS
    (pp. 23-32)

    One of the central challenges facing the media arts is to establish a common vocabulary for parsing them. Unlike the performing, visual, and literary arts, where established disciplinary categories are typically used to compare art forms,¹ there is no common standard for distinguishing among the media arts. Sometimes the media arts are described in terms of the technology used to create them, at other times in terms of the functions of the work, and at still others in terms of the specific styles of the work.

    Each of these approaches can be found in the literature. Technological approaches, for example,...

  9. Chapter Four COMPARING THE MEDIA ARTS
    (pp. 33-52)

    The previous two chapters have described the changing structure of the arts world in America and the diversity of approaches that have characterized the media arts throughout their development. This chapter compares the media arts with the other arts and examines differences among the media arts in greater detail. These comparisons are structured according to the analytical framework from our performing arts analysis: audiences, artists, organizations, and funding. In drawing comparisons among the media arts, we primarily distinguish among different types of work in terms of their function (narrative, documentary, and experimental) rather than the media used or the specific...

  10. Chapter Five CONCLUSIONS
    (pp. 53-62)

    The previous chapters have defined the media arts, described their development, and discussed how they differ both from each other and from other art forms. In this final chapter, we assess the overall state of the media arts today, identify some of the major challenges facing the media arts, and suggest some steps that might be taken to meet these challenges.

    We do not possess enough empirical data to draw a definitive picture of the media arts. Nevertheless, available information suggests that any such assessment would likely yield a mixed picture. In some respects, the media arts are clearly thriving;...

  11. Appendix A INFORMATION ON THE MEDIA ARTS
    (pp. 63-68)
  12. Appendix B INTERVIEWS
    (pp. 69-72)
  13. BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. 73-80)