|One of my favorite resources online is Randall Packer and
Artmuseum.net's "Multimedia: From Wagner to VR." (http://www.artmuseum.net/w2vr/contents.html).
Fortunately, the site places digital arts within the larger context of technological
arts. As artists become more comfortable with digital technology, and expand
into other uses of tech, whether it be robotics or simple machines,I've
found his history to be very useful. Also, I feel very lucky to be a part
of a new anthology titled Technicolor:Race
and Technology in Everyday Life (NYU Press: 2001), edited by Thuy
Linh N.Tu and Alondra Nelson with Alicia Headlam Hines. Nelson is the founder
of Afrofuturism.net, a very valuable and provocative list-serv. Tu specializes
in Asian American studies. Together, they've assembled a huge range of specific
case studies that refute inherited notions of asian american whiz-kids and
black or latino technophobes. From essays on detroit techno to asian feminist
web zines and lowriders in texas, the essays comprise an excellent and unusual
collection. I, of course, am proudly biased.