we like the moon

Posted by mark cooley | Thu Jul 15th 2004 11:30 a.m.

  • Jason Van Anden | Fri Jul 16th 2004 6:09 a.m.
    mark,

    One of the funniest things I have seen in a long time.

    More net art along the same lines here:
    http://www.plur.net/thisland.html

    Jason Van Anden
    www.smileproject.com

    mark cooley wrote:
    > http://www.rathergood.com/moon_song/
  • Michael Szpakowski | Fri Jul 16th 2004 7:29 a.m.
    <More net art along the same lines>
    Sure rathergood.com is funny, but art! -give me a
    break -it's light entertainment, as is the Guthrie
    parody which is mildly amusing but totally anodyne.
    michael

    --- Jason Van Anden <jason@smileproject.com> wrote:
    > mark,
    >
    > One of the funniest things I have seen in a long
    > time.
    >
    > More net art along the same lines here:
    > http://www.plur.net/thisland.html
    >
    > Jason Van Anden
    > www.smileproject.com
    >
    > mark cooley wrote:
    > > http://www.rathergood.com/moon_song/
    > +
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  • mark cooley | Sat Jul 17th 2004 10:39 a.m.
    i'm not going to argue what is or isn't art - whoops i mean "Art" - and i wish i could make that "A" really huge. i came across it and i thought it was strange and funny - that's about it.

    Michael Szpakowski wrote:

    > <More net art along the same lines>
    > Sure rathergood.com is funny, but art! -give me a
    > break -it's light entertainment, as is the Guthrie
    > parody which is mildly amusing but totally anodyne.
    > michael
    >
    >
    >
    > --- Jason Van Anden <jason@smileproject.com> wrote:
    > > mark,
    > >
    > > One of the funniest things I have seen in a long
    > > time.
    > >
    > > More net art along the same lines here:
    > > http://www.plur.net/thisland.html
    > >
    > > Jason Van Anden
    > > www.smileproject.com
    > >
    > > mark cooley wrote:
    > > > http://www.rathergood.com/moon_song/
    > > +
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  • Michael Szpakowski | Sun Jul 18th 2004 6 a.m.
    Sorry, Mark, if I came over as po faced & somewaht
    humourless -I didn't mean to.
    I do think its funny -and I do think people shouldn't
    fear posting light and amusing stuff here -one of
    Rhizome's charms is the breadth of stuff posted.
    I was making a perhaps rather pedantic, but in my view
    none the less important, point about whether it
    constitues art or not.
    This is not only a theoretical but a practical issue
    for me -I taught a kind of "introduction to net.art"
    course to some 2nd year undergraduates this last year,
    most of them hadn't even thought of the idea that you
    *could* do art on the net ( it was a traditional art &
    design course with previously very little digital
    stuff on it) and many of them got really stuck on
    rathergood.com - I wanted them to look further and
    broader and at the start I had to argue quite hard
    that there was more to it than admittedly deft and
    amusing animations.
    regards
    michael

    --- mark cooley <mgc868f@smsu.edu> wrote:
    > i'm not going to argue what is or isn't art - whoops
    > i mean "Art" - and i wish i could make that "A"
    > really huge. i came across it and i thought it was
    > strange and funny - that's about it.
    >
    >
    > Michael Szpakowski wrote:
    >
    > > <More net art along the same lines>
    > > Sure rathergood.com is funny, but art! -give me a
    > > break -it's light entertainment, as is the
    > Guthrie
    > > parody which is mildly amusing but totally
    > anodyne.
    > > michael
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > --- Jason Van Anden <jason@smileproject.com>
    > wrote:
    > > > mark,
    > > >
    > > > One of the funniest things I have seen in a long
    > > > time.
    > > >
    > > > More net art along the same lines here:
    > > > http://www.plur.net/thisland.html
    > > >
    > > > Jason Van Anden
    > > > www.smileproject.com
    > > >
    > > > mark cooley wrote:
    > > > > http://www.rathergood.com/moon_song/
    > > > +
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  • Jason Van Anden | Sun Jul 18th 2004 6:19 a.m.
    Mark,

    I'm with you - except that I am curious about the current definition of the 'A' word. I am super glad you posted "we like the moon". I cannot think of anything with a captial A recently that has had the same impact on my emotions (except the Guthrie thing). Following is a response I prepared for Michael a couple of days ago, butit did not post for some reason.

    Michael,

    Unfortunately this begs the question, what is the (or your) definition of 'net art'? I am going to guess that this isn't the first time this topic has been brought up here, so if someone can point me in the direction of a good succinct definition, that would be super.

    Both works had an impact on me conceptually, visually and emotionally - expectations that I have of any artworks (net or not) that more often than not go unfulfilled (no offense to the entire community). This is the first time I have seen "Rather Good", and in the context of it being presented on Rhizome, I looked at it as virtual rock band. In this respect, I found it conceptually interesting (no need for an actual band, in fact kind of a virtual punk anti-band), visually more substantial than the majority of experimental work I have found online, and emotionally, well I laugh every time I reflect on it - for reasons beyond my comprehension (sublime?). As for the Guthrie parody, in contrast to a lot of the heavily partisan attempts of art activism online, I saw it as a well produced equalizer (interesting tact) while being visually sucessful, and my emotional response (conflicted laughter) has caused it to replay over and over again in my head since watching it. This is not something I can that recent 'net art' works have succeeded in doing for me in recent memory.

    Jason Van Anden
    www.smileproject.com

    mark cooley wrote:

    > i'm not going to argue what is or isn't art - whoops i mean "Art" -
    > and i wish i could make that "A" really huge. i came across it and i
    > thought it was strange and funny - that's about it.
    >
    >
    > Michael Szpakowski wrote:
    >
    > > <More net art along the same lines>
    > > Sure rathergood.com is funny, but art! -give me a
    > > break -it's light entertainment, as is the Guthrie
    > > parody which is mildly amusing but totally anodyne.
    > > michael
  • mark cooley | Sun Jul 18th 2004 8:17 a.m.
    Michael

    i certainly understand the teaching thing - i've experienced similiar situations, and it can be very frustrating as you know. whether teaching net art or painting or whatever there are always those who come in with H.R. Giger or Dali or rathergood.com or southpark or some other fixation on day one, and it's a constant battle to get them to expand their view (which occasionally works both ways i have to admit). i don't like it but sometimes i just go to the elitist stance (academically trained artists generally are pretty good at this) and dismiss their fixations because there is so much more "important" work being done out there. i think it's a poor response on my part though because at the end of the day i really don't care about teaching "The Universal Principles of Art" or even asking "What is Art?" (in a timeless sense). i don't even believe in those things beyond the fact that they exist as myths. For me, "Art" (as in "The History of Art) has always been created by patrons who see their own values re-presented visually - of course these representations are mistaken for "Universal Expressions of the Humman Condition" and so on. And so the history of an elite western patronage becomes the "History of Art" which is supposed to speak to all people everywhere for all time. it's all somewhat colonial to me and so i try to resist. generally, i find that the elitist stuff, with me, shows my unwillingness or inability to ask the proper questions of the student, or of the work, or of myself. Usually, i try to shift the question in my mind from "is it art?" to "what (and who) does the work represent, and how?" Then we begin to move from studying Art to studying visual culture.

    Michael Szpakowski wrote:

    > Sorry, Mark, if I came over as po faced & somewaht
    > humourless -I didn't mean to.
    > I do think its funny -and I do think people shouldn't
    > fear posting light and amusing stuff here -one of
    > Rhizome's charms is the breadth of stuff posted.
    > I was making a perhaps rather pedantic, but in my view
    > none the less important, point about whether it
    > constitues art or not.
    > This is not only a theoretical but a practical issue
    > for me -I taught a kind of "introduction to net.art"
    > course to some 2nd year undergraduates this last year,
    > most of them hadn't even thought of the idea that you
    > *could* do art on the net ( it was a traditional art &
    > design course with previously very little digital
    > stuff on it) and many of them got really stuck on
    > rathergood.com - I wanted them to look further and
    > broader and at the start I had to argue quite hard
    > that there was more to it than admittedly deft and
    > amusing animations.
    > regards
    > michael
    >
    > --- mark cooley <mgc868f@smsu.edu> wrote:
    > > i'm not going to argue what is or isn't art - whoops
    > > i mean "Art" - and i wish i could make that "A"
    > > really huge. i came across it and i thought it was
    > > strange and funny - that's about it.
    > >
    > >
    > > Michael Szpakowski wrote:
    > >
    > > > <More net art along the same lines>
    > > > Sure rathergood.com is funny, but art! -give me a
    > > > break -it's light entertainment, as is the
    > > Guthrie
    > > > parody which is mildly amusing but totally
    > > anodyne.
    > > > michael
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > --- Jason Van Anden <jason@smileproject.com>
    > > wrote:
    > > > > mark,
    > > > >
    > > > > One of the funniest things I have seen in a long
    > > > > time.
    > > > >
    > > > > More net art along the same lines here:
    > > > > http://www.plur.net/thisland.html
    > > > >
    > > > > Jason Van Anden
    > > > > www.smileproject.com
    > > > >
    > > > > mark cooley wrote:
    > > > > > http://www.rathergood.com/moon_song/
    > > > > +
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  • void void | Mon Jul 19th 2004 11:33 a.m.
    I hate the moon...
    it blocks my view
    i hate the moon
    especially when it's new
    then you can't see it

    but i can tell you any how...
    i'd rather see than be it!

    a little :-) 4 art.

    AE04
    atomicelroy.com
    artjester inc.
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