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Digicult Editions Publishes Essay by Rebekah Modrak


Digicult Editions announces the release of its new book Investigations on the Cultural Economy of Media Art, edited by Alessio Chierico. The book features an essay by Stamps Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak and co-author Marialaura Ghidini (Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India). The essay — The Labor of #exstrange: Visualizing, Activating, Cleansing, and Making Trouble in the Online Marketplace” — examines the relationships between labor, net-based media and the market.

Investigations on the Cultural Economy of Media Art is a collection of the heterogeneous perspectives that are contributing to the current discussion about the economies of the Media Art field. Alessio Chierico is an artist and researcher at Kunstuniversität Linz
based in Linz, Austria. Acknowledging the needs of the art market and its role in the commodification and validation of art practices, this book expands its gaze to the whole setting of the art economy; a special emphasis is put on new innovative and critical models. Established in 2005 Digicult is one of the main international platforms investigating the impact of digital technologies and applied sciences on art, design and contemporary culture. 

The book includes papers and essays from (and interviews to) some of the most important curators and critics investigating the possible and impossible impacts of technologies on production, distribution, collection and market of media art pieces. 

AUTHORS INCLUDED: Paolo Cirio, Annette Doms, Vincenzo Estremo, Steve Fletcher, Marialaura Ghidini, Wolf Lieser, Jonas Lund, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Marco Mancuso, Rebekah Modrak, Christiane Paul, Domenico Quaranta, Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, Gerfried Stocker, Pau Waelder.