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Fall 2005 | v.01 n. 01 | Invitational Issue |

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Introduction to Screenshots and Audio Effects: Electronic Events
Doreen Maloney (University of Kentucky) and Rachel Clarke
(California State University, Sacramento)

When we put together the call for Screenshots and Audio Effects: Electronic Events we kept in mind that sessions for New Media, or Media-Based Technology, or whatever our area is called, were often comprised of panels looking at the semantics and rough definitions that plague our field, its curriculum, and its academic circumstances. 

We opted to depart from this theme since our interests are situated more in how artists negotiate aesthetics, content/concept and theory with their use of technology, rather than the politics of the academy. We were very interested in having a session that allowed others in our field to get a view of the diverse, wry, stunning and ambitious work being done despite the labeling and the mechanics. 

The panelists chosen employ low-tech, high-tech, traditional and non-traditional means of creating “new media” art. The main theme that underscores each of the pieces to be presented here today is the artists’ intelligent and sophisticated view of how mediated art creates and adds to the experience of culture.

The resilience and creative problem-solving skills each panelist employs are likewise remarkable and so it is with great pleasure that we introduce in the order of their presentation: Nomi Talisman, independent artist, San Francisco; Zachary Lieberman, Parsons School of Design*; Susan Otto, CADRE Laboratory for New Media, San Jose State University; Roberto Bocci, Georgetown University; Joyce Rudinsky, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Conrad Gleber, of Florida State University. Five of the six panelists submitted their papers for inclusion in this edition of media-N.

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