NetArt and Activism

(Internationales Archiv fur Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur online/International Archive for the Social History of German Literature online, electronic journal)
Institut fur Deutsche Philologie

IASLonline Lessons/Lektionen in NetArt,
files in english:

Lessons in NetArt
Thomas Dreher

Since 1999 the "Lessons in NetArt" introduce to examples of the possibilities of artistic creativity in the internet. They appear in irregular intervals

The "Tips" refer to actual projects. They are presented and discussed in a scarce form. Commented short tips introduce further interesting projects.

The section "Theory" contains contributions and discussion forums concerning problems of NetArt and its wider context. Fundamental problems of NetArt are presented in „NetArt: Einfuhrung" (in German) as a part of the history of Intermedia Art. "NetArt: Einfuhrung" is written as an introduction to problems which the readers find in the "Lessons" and the "Tips".

"Links" refer to platforms and texts on NetArt. Further links present platforms, portals, mailing lists and newsgroups with actual informations on NetArt, net conditions, activism, databases for Intermedia Art and book reviews in "IASLonline Rezensionen".

New articles, in english translations:

From "Radical Software" to Netactivism

On media activism: Performances with integrated film projections and integrated coactors with cameras (for film documents) thematized the role of cameras and film since the end of the fifties. New cheap video devices (Sony porta pak, available in America since 1965) changed that role and allowed the practice of new participatory forms in video art and video activism. The evolution of cheap devices for video production and the expansion of the American cable TV offered in the seventies new means for the realization of alternative TV programs which integrated viewers as participants. Since the nineties the internet offers video activists new chances for collaborative practices. Activists reacted to the criticism of net conditions and created tools against f. e. data mining and censorship. Different strategies were invented to use video and net tools in actions in the real and digital spaces
(January 2004/English translation: June 2004).

Net Polls and Political Dialogues: Andreja Kuluncic

Kuluncic´s projects are constituted by polls fur net and museum presentations. Lesson 13 describes and investigates the projects of the Croatian artist since 1997. The main emphasis is put on "Distributive Justice" which was developed in steps from exhibition to exhibition between 2001 and 2003 ( The poll investigates alternatives to John Rawls´ Theory of Justice and sums the preferences of the visitors of the website and the local presentations. A game was added later to the project which confronts Americans and non-Americans with different questions to the theme of the project.
(July 2003/English translation: August 2003)

New articles will appear bilingual (english/german).

Dr. phil. Thomas Dreher
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D-80339 Munchen