A Book Event with Joline Blais, Alex Galloway, and Jon Ippolito
at the New Museum Store
556 West 22nd Street, New York City
Friday, September 8, 2006 -- 6:30-8:30pm
A brief dialogue between the authors will touch on such questions as the
place of art in larger society, the history of community design as an
artistic practice, and the role of games in digital culture. The
conversation will be followed by refreshments and a reception for the
"Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture"
by Alexander R. Galloway
University of Minnesota Press, 2006
"At the Edge of Art"
by Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito
Thames & Hudson, 2006
Rhizome and the New Museum are pleased to present "Art, Play, and
Community," which will celebrate the release of Joline Blais and Jon
Ippolito's "At the Edge of Art" and Alex Galloway's "Gaming." Both
ground-breaking books explore new media art as an expanded field, that
interacts and enliven disciples from design to art to video games to
According to "At the Edge of Art" by Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito,
art's recent eruption in fields as diverse as artificial life, computer games,
and community activism reveals a seismic shift in the role it plays in
society. No longer content to sit on a pedestal or auction block, these
works infiltrate stock markets, sway court cases, and network bedrooms.
Alex Galloway's "Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture" takes an in-
depth look at one of these 'edges' to probe the cultural history and activity
of videogames, laying the foundation for critique that recognizes their
distinct mechanisms and politics.