as a recent purchase to further my own artistic practice,i took a chance on this modestly sized book (just 6" w x 10" tall) and indeed am glad i did. Published in 2005 - the author Florence de Meredieu has written quite a number of book on various aspects of contemporary art + culture as senior lecturer at the university of Paris exploring here the history, context + main movers/originators of both Video + Digital art (Vostell,Paik,Acconci, Abramovic etc) of these constantly evolving artforms but also the hybrid + multimedia forms that have morphed since then into video installation,interactive environments,3d works etc.
i particularly like Meredieu's unfussy clear writing that not only explains the broad social + technological context but also its global, political, artistic + future implications . noted filmakers Greenaway and Godard also feature as a wider framework. the book runs to 238 pages with a two page basic glossary also included, it also contains many colour images with approachable key artist overviews + a list for each of key works. very useful.
one minor flaw is that some colour images of key works (such as Paik's Tv Cello) are effectively cut in half by the book binding + reduce the impact of the image itself. not catastrophic but a little unfortunate all the same.
even so - highly recommended as a good overview of key digital artistic developments - for open minded artists + digital culture vultures. also strongly recommended is Michael Rush's "New Media in Late 20th Century Art" from 1999 (thames and hudson) - another fine + more detailed reference book on the new creative media.