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Italian Art History 2.0

By Rhizome

A new book available online and in print focuses on Italian artists and traces twenty years of practice and protest in digital society. 'NETWORKING, The Net as an Artwork,' by Tatiana Bazzichelli, constructs an historic account of hacktivist projects in Italy. Bazzichelli's timeline begins in the early-1980s and considers the ways that the emergence of bulletin board systems (BBS's), the internet, video, personal computers, and other communication devices inspire collaboration and savvy navigation of underground artistic and political subcultures. The book is the first of its kind and draws on a rich legacy of new media activities in this region. It includes profiles on artists 0100101110101101.ORG, [epidemiC], Jaromil, Giacomo Verde, Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici, Correnti Magnetiche, Candida TV, Tommaso Tozzi, Federico Bucalossi, Massimo Contrasto, Mariano Equizzi, Pigreca, Molleindustria, Guerriglia Marketing, Sexyshock, Phag Off, and others. Simultaneously, 'it builds a reflection on the new role of the artist and author who become networker, operating in collective nets, reconnecting to neoavant-garde artistic practices of the 1960s (first and foremost Fluxus), but also Mail art, Neoism, and [the work of the collective] Luther Blissett.' The book will, thus, be of interest to those studying more long-term artistic epochs and tactical performances in all parts of the world. - Richard Sprinkle

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