new media or new-media - As technologies of all sorts have evolved over time, so have innovative means of creating, displaying and interacting with imagery that involve those technologies; and they are devised at an ever-increasing pace. Just as these advanced forms of media appear, artists explore their potential by producing works employing them.
"New media" refers to interdisciplinary works utilizing recently developed electronic media. It includes works that take advantage of what is possible with recent developments in software, and with the hardware devices -- monitors, projections, print-outs, three-dimensional fabrications, etc. -- that employ that software. As Douglas Davis (contemporary American artist, educator and author) has said, "'New media' is the perfect term to envelop the edgy results of interdisciplinary art in the new century, which leaves the Bauhaus tools buried under their revered dust."
Among the "old media" would be
The term "new media" refers to the latest electronic media, as well as works now possible with them. As used for the last several years, it includes
Whether or not the term "new media" comes to stand for an ongoing genre of works or for an art movement of the 1990s and 2000s remains to be seen.
Newness -- because it is so associated with creativity itself -- can be appreciated for its own sake. Certain kinds of thrills are available only on a true frontier.
Art historians inevitably cite the significance of the earliest works in the evolution of any medium. Those who are interested in new media must inevitably see these works as significant.
Newness was among the most exhilarating features of Modernism. Once Modernism died (or got very old, or was abandoned, if you prefer), newness became all the more difficult to achieve. Its pursuit was abandoned by many who have cheered the triumph of Postmodernism. Many postmodernist strategies have yielded the sorts of originality that nourish a need for the sensation that no one has created or could have experienced a work of this kind before.
Newness, however, has a certain lifespan. Some of its luster will either accumulate or dissipate with the advance of time.
As with all media, lack of permanence can be a problem for new media. With the passage of time, technology-dependant works can be difficult to conserve. The machines (or software) with which they are created or displayed go out of production, become difficult to obtain or to repair. Where have Web pages gone when they can no longer be found? Various technologies and works made with them go through numerous generations of modifications or refinements. Some are known only by documentation, rumor, or legend.
many of which demand specific plugins and plenty of band-width!
Also see Bauhaus, game theory, graphic design, hypermedia, interdisciplinary, mass media, mixed media, multimedia, performance art, puppetry, tradigital, and webucation.