Edward Shanken


Edward A. Shanken is author of the critically praised volume, Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon, 2009) and editor of Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology, and Consciousness (U Cal Press, 2003).

He writes and teaches about the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. His work has been published in journals including Leonardo, Art Journal, Art Papers, Art Criticism, Rhizome, and Technoetic Arts, and has been translated into French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays on art and technology in the 1960s, art-science collaboration, and the cultural implications of cybernetics, robotics, and biotechnology.

Shanken holds degrees from Haverford College, Yale University, and Duke University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Art History (2001). He was formerly Executive Director of the Information Science + Information Studies program at Duke University and Professor of Art History and Media Theory at Savannah College of Art and Design. He is Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Media Art History faculty at Donau University, Krems, Austria.