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Beyond the Media Reveal

The ‘media reveal’ is a perspective and gesture of art and media making, theory and writing. It is a staging of continuous surprises – reveals – that denature and remove myth and illusion from media, often highlighting materiality or materialist function.
In this essay, derived from a keynote lecture given at the 2019 Media Arts Histories conference in Aalborg, Denmark, I attempt to characterise the media reveal narrative as it appears in media art, along with the stories media artists tell themselves through critical theory and thinking. Does this gesture expose or depose the always present power structures and technocratic didacticism that often remain? If we sought to go beyond the media reveal, what new practices of knowledge should emerge?