Ecstatic Media. Media Art Reconsidered
The ceaselessly moving imageries of novel media and technologies can provoke intense experiences, and they can induce extraordinary emotional and psychological states. “Ecstatic media” designates two aspects: on the one hand, the potency of media consumer products such as videogames or beauty filters, which fuel emotional and social yearnings; and on the other hand, media art’s strategy of confronting us with media structures in exaggerated form. Artists focus on particular characteristics of media and examine their impact by intensifying and amplifying them.Media artists have long used “ecstatic media” in an effort to expose the technological, aesthetic, and psychological effects of media. The exhibition presents impressive works—from avant-garde film and video art to computer animation and data engineering—to trace an alternative history of media art.It is based on the holdings of the Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, which is dedicated to the preservation and scholarly study of one of the most important.