Some interesting things that came up during the panel:
-- Outsider Imagery -- The widespread influence of what one of the
artist's (Michael Bell-Smith) called 'internet folk art' -- animated gifs, avatars, personal blogs, home pages, mashups, game sprites, etc. All of the individual quirky production of gazillions of internet users. If you include webcams in that list, then all of the artists on the panel used some of these elements and aesthetics.
-- Nostalgia -- Caitlin Jones brought up the question of whether most of the work had an aspect of nostalgia for earlier (more utopian?) technological times (sometimes just a few years ago) -- all the artists resisted this idea, saying pretty much that it was just too hard to keep up with the absolute now of the internet, and that using aesthetic elements which were a few years in the past was just a side effect of this. Despite that, once the idea of nostalgia was in the air, it was hard to dismiss.
-- The Sublime -- interestingly the Sublime was somehow connected (during the discussion) with being in a gallery (as opposed to being online -- is that the mundane?) -- And as MTAA mentioned on their blog post (http://www.mteww.com/mtaaRR/news/mriver/ rhz_field_trip.html ) there was an amazing mashup on the projector for a good long time with the wikipedia entry for the sublime interrupted by manic (and gorgeous) jodi.org black and white pop-up windows. Sublime indeed. Other candidates for the sublime were Marisa Olson's & Abe Linkoln's universal acid videos (which you can see at http://www.universalacid.net/ ) , Michael Bell-Smith's video Continue (not online, but there's a still at http://www.foxyproduction.com/artist/workview/5/169 ) and Cory Archangel's classic Super Mario Clouds.
-- Memes -- on the internets, no one can ...
Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Sal Randolph