We are pleased to announce the release of the extended Database of Virtual Art. It now provides an enlarged set of features and research opportunities: The major novelty is the freshly implemented Thesaurus featuring a variety of categories and keywords. The Database offers an extensive search tree that permits a targeted set search:
e.g. genre: interactive art:
The Thesaurus of the Database constitutes a new approach to systemize the field of Digital Art and the terms and concepts connected to it and will grow over the next few months. Get your own impression and take a look at http://virtualart.hu-berlin.de. We encourage your remarks and suggestions!
As a pioneer in the field, the Database of Virtual Art has been documenting the rapidly evolving field of digital installation art since 1999. It is supported by the German Research Foundation and various other institutions. Our research-oriented, complex overview of immersive, interactive, telematic and genetic art has been developed in cooperation with renowned media artists, researchers and institutions. The database is based on open-source-technologies and allows individuals to post material themselves. Currently it contains hundreds of work descriptions including several thousand digital documents, technical data, institutions and bio-bibliographical information about the artists. As one of the richest resources available online, the database responds to the demands of the field.
Video is especially able to document the processual nature of interactive works. Therefore we have strategically integrated this medium into our concept since 2002. Over time the interlinked layers of data will also serve as a predecessor for the crucial systematic preservation of this art.
Director: Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau,
Technical Lead: Christian Berndt, M.A.
Main Editor and Development Manager: Anna Paterok, M.A.
Video Documentation: Robert Loessl
Institution Coordination: Wendy Jo Coones, M.A.
10117 Berlin, Germany