Agora Digital Art is excited to converse with Dr Christiane Paul, a legend in the field of Digital Art.

Charlotte Call  |  Ed YoungMi Lamine  | recorded: 12 May 2021

Pioneer Digital Curator Christiane Paul

In this episode, we have the chance to share Christiane Paul’s views on the evolution of Digital Art and her work as an Adjunct Curator at the Whitney Museum. Topics include:

  • A brief overview of women artists in Digital Art.
  • How Christiane Paul got into Digital Art.
  • The focus of her digital art acquisition committee at the Whitney Museum.
  • NFTs pros and cons, plus some predictions.
  • A piece of advice for young digital artists.

What’s Next for Christiane Paul?

  • The curation of version 4.0 of DiMoDA, the Digital Museum of Digital Art (VR Museum).
  • Commissioning new projects for the Whitney’s artport website.
  • Working on the fourth edition of her book Digital Art.

About the guest

woman in digital arts Christiane Paul for Agora Digital Art
© Courtesy of Dr Christiane Paul

Christiane Paul is Associate Prof. and Associate Dean at the School of Media Studies, The New School, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In addition to those roles, Christiane is chief curator/director of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design, and a professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School.

She has written extensively on new media arts and lectured internationally on art and technology.

Paul received both her MA and PhD from the University of Düsseldorf in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Publications, Awards and Curation


  • The International Journal for Digital Art History
  • A Companion to Digital Art, Wiley-Blackwell, April 2016, Hoboken, NJ
  • Digital Art, World of Art Series, Thames & Hudson, UK, 3rd revised ed. 2015 (1st edition 2003; 2nd revised edition 2008, 3rd revised edition 2015)
  • Chinese Edition: Context Providers — Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts (Beijing Beepub Media & Culture Publishing Co., Ltd: Beijing, 2012)
  • Context Providers — Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts, co-editor with Margot Lovejoy and Victoria Vesna, Intellect Press, UK / University of Chicago Press, 2011
  • New Media in the White Cube and Beyond – Curatorial Models for Digital Art, editor, UC California Press, 2008
  • telematic landscape / Telematische Landschaft, editor, Verlag Walther König, Cologne, Germany, 1999
  • Unreal City, A Hypertext Companion to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Storyspace hypertext software, Cambridge, MA: Eastgate Systems, Inc., 1995
  • Die Antizipation der amerikanischen Postmoderne im Romanwerk Herman Melvilles / The Anticipation of Postmodern American Fiction in the Novels of Herman Melville [Dissertation], Idstein, Germany: Schulz-Kirchner Verlag, 1988


  • 2016, Recipient of the Thoma Foundation’s 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art
  • 2014, Residency at the David Bermant Foundation, Santa Ynez, CA
  • 2013, Dora Maar Fellow in Residence, Dora Maar House, Menerbes, France
  • 2005 – 2007, Cassullo Fellow, Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum


2018, Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018, The Whitney Museum of American Art (09/28/18 – 04/14/19)

Present – 2015, Almost There, Rafaël Rozendaal, Sunset / Sunrise series, artport, Whitney Museum of American Art

2016-2015, What Lies Beneath, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul

2015, Little Sister (is watching you, too), Pratt Manhattan Gallery

2014, Proxy 5-WM2A, Will Pappemheimer, Augmented Reality Project for the 2014 Whitney Gala and Studio Party

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