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Gretchen Bender (1952-2004) was an artist who took to task the proliferation of mass media. Exhibitions of her work and performances of her electronic media theater works have included presentations at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Setagaya Museum, Tokyo; and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, the Pompidou Center in Paris, and the Menil Collection in Houston. She co-edited, with Timothy Druckrey, Culture on the Brink: Ideologies of Technology: Discussions in Contemporary Culture #9 (The New Press). Timothy Druckrey is the director of the Graduate Photographic and Electronic Media program at the Maryland Institute College of Art and also works as a curator, writer, and editor living in New York City. He lectures internationally about the social impact of photography, electronic media, the transformation of representation, and communication in interactive and networked environments. He co-curated the exhibition Iterations: The New Image at the International Center of Photography and edited the book of the same name. He is also the editor of Electronic Culture: Technology and Visual Representation and series editor for Electronic Culture: History, Theory, Practice. He co-organized the international symposium Ideologies of Technology at the Dia Center of the Arts and co-edited, with Gretchen Bender, Culture on the Brink: Ideologies of Technology: Discussions in Contemporary Culture #9 (The New Press).

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"Culture on the Brink offers informed and intelligent essays on present an future technoculture. These fascinating essays negotiate the technological revolutions that we now face and work toward changing the course of our cultural and technological future." -- Douglas Kellner, George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA "Culture on the Brink is a provocative, finely constructed, and useful contribution to critical debates on the crucial issue of technoculture. It challenges the concept of technological 'progress' as natural, necessary, and subject to a kind of biological determinism. In its place, it raises questions and problems related to society's reappropriation of this complex area of social life. Addressing a wide range of subjects--body, work, artistic practice, food, war, media, entertainment--this collection demonstrates why technology should be a concern for those who share a critical perspective on the future of democracy." -- Armand and Michele Mattelart, Rethinking Media Theory Culture on the Brink offers informed and intelligent essays on present an future technoculture. These fascinating essays negotiate the technological revolutions that we now face and work toward changing the course of our cultural and technological future. Douglas Kellner, George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA Culture on the Brink is a provocative, finely constructed, and useful contribution to critical debates on the crucial issue of technoculture. It challenges the concept of technological progress as natural, necessary, and subject to a kind of biological determinism. In its place, it raises questions and problems related to society s reappropriation of this complex area of social life. Addressing a wide range of subjects body, work, artistic practice, food, war, media, entertainment this collection demonstrates why technology should be a concern for those who share a critical perspective on the future of democracy. Armand and Michele Mattelart, Rethinking Media Theory " ""Culture on the Brink" offers informed and intelligent essays on present an future technoculture. These fascinating essays negotiate the technological revolutions that we now face and work toward changing the course of our cultural and technological future." -- Douglas Kellner, George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA ""Culture on the Brink" is a provocative, finely constructed, and useful contribution to critical debates on the crucial issue of technoculture. It challenges the concept of technological 'progress' as natural, necessary, and subject to a kind of biological determinism. In its place, it raises questions and problems related to society's reappropriation of this complex area of social life. Addressing a wide range of subjects--body, work, artistic practice, food, war, media, entertainment--this collection demonstrates why technology should be a concern for those who share a critical perspective on the future of democracy." -- Armand and MichEle Mattelart, "Rethinking Media Theory"

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