The difficulty in maitaining computer based art does not seem to me to be a signifcant element in the "death of netart". I know a lot of art institutions have a bit of difficulty figuring out how to sell it and upkeeping the technology but at the end of the day if there was money (i.e. gallery sales) then something would be figured out. Think of how earthwork, the work of Joseph Beuys and conceptual art manages to get archived. But this has nothing to do with the topic which was...
What is it that indicates the death of this artform? When those people where quoted for the "death" article the most signifcant reason that is given is that it is really difficult to maintain an online community. This surly cant be the only reason. Does this has something to do with whatever it is that is causing the resurgenece of painting?
This issue is particularly compelling as every university art program in the US is rushing to create a digtal art major.
Rob Myers wrote:
> Digital art needs to be bitfast*. Choosing a well-documented,
> easily-reimplemented format (like Lisp for programs, a subset of
> PostScript for images, and a raw audio or video format) is a good bet
> for archive quality work. Publish the work as a literate program and
> it's documented and not even on digital media, although how
> that would be for sound I don't know. :-)
> - Rob.
> * - Like lightfast, only against bit-rot.
> On 4 Apr 2004, at 21:16, joseph mcelroy wrote:
> > oh. give me a break. do you think there are no conscious decisions
> > preserve paper, brick, and walls? If we assume the continued
> > progression of our civilization, then there is nothing to preclude
> > long term preservation of digital media by interested parties.
> > on the other hand, how successors to our civilization might decide
> > preserve our digital residue, i cannot fathom at this time.
> > joseph
> > lee wells wrote:
> >> I would say that digital computer dependent artwork will die. Will
> >> become dead-tech.
> >> Newer operating systems will not be able to view or play the media.
> >> In
> >> the next couple years it will be had to find a VHS player to view
> >> tapes that were made 5 years ago.
> >> Painting if done correctly will last for 100's, perhaps thousands
> >> years.
> >> All art is dependent upon the stability of its medium and the
> >> expertise
> >> of its creator.
> >> Cheers,
> >> Lee
> >> On Saturday, April 3, 2004, at 07:05 PM, Tim Portlock wrote:
> >>> But what does it mean and how is it decided for this artform to be
> >>> dead? Like painting was "dead"? not moving units? conceptually
> >> boring
> >>> and exhausted? not getting to the next level at the institutional
> >>> level? I realise the Walker ratcheting down on digital art means
> >>> someone has made a decisioin that this type of work is not the way
> >> to
> >>> go but what was the sign? Being that I dont live in New York I am
> >> not
> >>> privy to the secret doubts that have been whispered about. And I
> >> find
> >>> this ironic since a lot of my digital artist freinds held painting
> >> up
> >>> as a dead artform only for the situation to now suddenly be
> >> officially
> >>> declared the reverse.
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