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Before and After the I-Bomb

An Artist in the Information Environment

by Tom Sherman, edited by Peggy Gale

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publisher: Banff Centre Press
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There was a time, not too long ago, when people wrote letters (and mailed them), picked up the phone and spoke to people (not voice mail systems) and considered whether to invest in expensive new "fax" technology as a means of speeding up communication. Children went outside to play games that didn't require a console and screen, schools bought books, and computers filled entire floors of some offices. In less than twenty years, our homes, schools, cars, workplaces and leisure activities have been revolutionized by the onslaught of technology.Tom Sherman, part artist, part writer and part visionary, got wired early and has spent much of his career leading the way through the aftershocks of the "I-Bomb" and its information revolution.

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Tom Sherman is a media artist, writer and broadcaster. He knows the media environment from several perspectives, having worked in mainstream radio and television, but also having produced groundbreaking art with video gear, industrial robots, surveillance systems and telecommunications networks. He founded the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts, co-founded Fuse magazine, and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. Sherman performs and records with the group Nerve Theory. In 2010, he was awarded the Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts. He currently teaches transmedia, art and design at Syracuse University in New York, but considers Nova Scotia's South Shore his home.
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Art historian Peggy Gale was one of the first people to write about artists’ video in Canada. She has held positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada Council, Art Metropole and elsewhere. Since 1974 she has also been an active independent curator and writer specializing in artists’ video and media/ time-based works. She has published extensively in museum catalogues, anthologies and magazines in Canada and abroad, including the book Videotexts (WLU Press, 1995). In 2006 Peggy Gale was among the winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

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"Sherman integrates a deeply critical perspective on modern life with an understanding and sense of hopefulness that denies cynicism [and] defies ideological categorization. Read Sherman slowly and then re-read. You will find his to be one of the most original and powerful voices of a generation."--David A. Ross"Tom Sherman is an artist who has drawn deeply on his study of communications, the information economy, and natural science. His writing works with and between these disciplines, postulating new ideas and congruencies, revealing possible truths for our future. In some cases, speculation has become prophetic fact."--Peggy Gale, Preface"I'm 'blanking' on the 'i-bomb.' I'm 'buffeted by the message storm' in Tom Sherman's poetic semi-fictional polemic on 'the slow burn of telecommunications through the late 20th century.' So, 'don't check for my pulse. I just want to be a dial tone.'"--John Oswald, Perpetrator of Plunderphonics

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