Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus is a scholarly electronic (ISSN 1942-017X) and print journal (ISSN 2159-6891.) It is blind peer-reviewed, invitational, and open to submissions in the form of theoretical papers, reports, and reviews on new media artworks. The journal provides a forum for national and international New Media Caucus members and non-members featuring their scholarly research, artworks and projects.
The electronic journal was established in 2005 by Rachel Clarke, who acted as Editor-in-Chief from 2005 to 2011. Pat Badani, who established the journal’s collection of mirroring print editions as well as international and cross-organizational publications, is the current Editor-in-Chief (2011-2016.) The journal is further composed of a Deputy Executive Editor, a Reviews and Reports Editor and up to 25 Associate Editors.
The mission of the electronic and print journals is to promote academic inquiry; to reflect the wide variety of themes and areas in new media research; to further the evolving discourses related to theory and practice; to showcase the work of new media artists and their presentation environments; and to investigate the issues surrounding education and new media. The journal has published articles by influential new media theorists and practitioners such as: Mark Amerika, Sarah Cook, Amy Franceschini, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Ken Rinaldo, Laurence A. Rickels, Cornelia Sollfrank, and Faith Wilding.
Three editions are published per year: spring, summer and fall. Media-N works with guest editors to develop and publish thematic spring and fall editions. The summer edition is devoted to showcasing NMC‘s onsite and offsite proceedings during the College Art Association’s annual convention held in the United States. The electronic & print versions differ in format but are similar in content. The publication is freely available online, and the print version may be purchased through a print-on-demand service.
Spring 2015: V.11 N.01
Pat Badani, Editor-in-Chief
Against the backdrop of a longstanding practice of ‘erasure’ both in artistic and critical work, co-guest editors Paul Benzon and Sarah Sweeney take up challenging questions related to the aesthetics of erasure today in the digital era. They investigate new meanings and the relevance of said practice within twenty-first century contemporary contexts typically defined by digital knowledge production, preservation, and sharing.
With a number of tantalizing questions in mind, the guest editors have assembled texts and visual essays by fourteen authors: Joshua Craze; Seth Ellis; Kaja Marczewska; Justin Berry; David Gyscek; Derek Beaulieu; Amaranth Borsuk, Jesper Juul, and Nick Montfort; Torsa Ghosal; William Basinski; Ella Klik and Diana Kamin; and Matthew Schilleman. Their contributions give expression to five sites of inquiry mapped by the editors within the expansive practice of erasure – Power, Capital, Signal and Noise, Technology and Archive – a topography in which issues of technology and materiality are explored.
The Reviews and Reports subsection of Media-N is devoted to the publication of high-quality reviews and reports that provide readers with an up-to-date picture of global trends in new media art. Reviews and Reports Editor Grant Taylor asserts that newly published books, new media conferences and symposia, and current art exhibitions are important sites in which cutting-edge scholarship and emergent practices are first revealed. With the intention of bringing the interpretive tools of art criticism to bear on these new media manifestations, the editor has assembled two book reviews; one by Orit Halpern on Chris Salter’s recently published book Alien Agency (MIT Press, 2015), and a second one by Marie Leduc titled The Hypertext of HerMe(s) on Judy Freya Sibayan’s ebook (KT Press, 2014). Two exhibition reviews written by Ahyoung Yoo and PaulThomas Rubery offer readers a critical overview the 2014 Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House in South Korea and the 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience at the New Museum in New York City. Gail Kenning, a Sydney-based artist, researcher, educator, and writer, proposes unique musings and reflections on the positive impact of residencies on creative practice and scholarship in her piece Fellowships, Residencies, and Resonances: A Self-Interview.
Pat Badani, Editor-in-Chief
V.11 N.01 Web issue acknowledgements
– Publication manager and Editor-in-Chief: Pat Badani
– Editor of the Reviews and Reports journal section: Grant Taylor, PhD
– Media-N’s supporting Associate Editor for the current edition: Stephanie Tripp, PhD
– Copy editors for the current edition: Stephanie Tripp, PhD and Grant Taylor, PhD
– Web layout design manager: Stacey Stormes