>Is there a New Media "Outsider Art"?
I've been trying to propagate an outsider.net.art meme for a while:http://deepyoung.org/current/outsider/http://deepyoung.org/current/dyskonceptual/
(my wife is almost finished sewing the prizes)
scroll down to "outsider art"
Two articles that seem at least obtusely appicable are Steve Dietz's
"Why Have There Been No Great Net Artists":http://www.afsnitp.dk/onoff/Texts/dietzwhyhavether.html
and Anne-Marie Schleiner's "Fluidities and Oppositions among
Curators, Filter Feeders, and Future Artists":http://www.intelligentagent.com/archive/Vol3_No1_curation_schleiner.html
In 2000, Irwin Chusid applied "outsider art" criteria to pop music
with some interesting results ( http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/ASIN/B00006NSX1/
). I'm writing
an article now that applies Dubuffet's "Neuve Invention" criteria to
pop music, and it's turning up an interesting bunch of musicians as
well (from Devendra Banhart to Cloudead).
Some etymology and semantic clarification:
1. Dubuffet's strict definition of "Art Brut" circa 1945:
anything produced by people unsmirched by artistic culture... So
that the makers draw entirely on their own resources rather than on
the stereotypes of classical or fashionable art.
2. 1972, Roger Cardinal introduced the term "Outsider Art," intending
it to be a translation of "Art Brut" (which is probably better
translated "Raw Art," or so those who know French have said). The
term "Outsider Art" has since taken on a life of its own, becoming a
blanket term which can includes folk art, roadside art, and prisoner
3. In 1982, Dubuffet acknowledged a looser genre of artists who were
neither "outsider" nor "inside." He called this new genre "Neuve
Invention" (which translates "Fresh Invention"). Fresh Invention
artists retain elements of Art Brut's self-taught genius; but they
are also academically trained, aware of current art trends, and not
crazy as loons.
So according to Dubuffet's definitions, it's going to be pretty tough
to find a pure Art Brut net artist (because the internet access
required for the "net art" part more or less diametrically opposes
the quarantine of influence required for the "Art Brut" part). But
you could easily find an electronic folk artist. And since "outsider
art" is a broad and loose term, you could still find an outsider net
To put a fine point on it for argument's sake, I'd say Larry Carlson
) is an outsider net artist, whereas
Cory Arcangel ( http://www.beigerecords.com/cory/
) is best
considered a Neuve Invention new media artist.
regarding circuit bending, Bob Moog lives here in Asheville, North
Carolina. You could say he was the first to map circuit bending
capabilities to the external control console and let everybody in on
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>Of curt cloninger
>Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 5:54 AM
>Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: Re: Electronic Folk Art?!
>Angela Cachay Dwyer wrote:
>> Do-it-yourself robotic toys, homebrew vidgames, ASCII images, homemade
>> software - could these be a kind of 21st century folk art?
>> Roundtable with artists and academics
>> Surrey Art Gallery (Surrey, BC)
>> Sunday, February 6, 2 - 3:30pm
>> Free admission
>> Location and directions are available from the website
>> What is electronic folk art?
>> Is it an art practice that is culturally specific to North America?
> > Is anyone who appropriates electronic toys, tools and software for
>> their art an electronic folk artist?
>> What are the possible forms of electronic folk art?
>> Artists and academics will share their thoughts on these questions,
>> and whether electronic folk art exists as a distinct area of
>> contemporary art in general and/or within the realm of new media.
>> The invited speakers are:
>> * Diana Burgoyne (current exhibiting artist and PHD student in
>> Interactive Arts, Simon Fraser University)
>> * Don Krug (theorist; folk art researcher and curriculum specialist,
>> University of British Columbia)
>> * Leonard Paul (electronic music composer - lauded for his score for
>> the film The Corporation, and video game audio instructor, Vancouver
>> Film School)
>> * Niranjan Rajah (theorist; curator and convenor, New Forms Festival
> > Networking reception (3:30 - 5pm) following the Roundtable.