patrick lichty
pl@voyd.com
Works in Oak Park, Illinois United States of America

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BIO
Patrick Lichty (b.1962) is a technologically-based conceptual artist, writer, independent curator, animator for the activist group, The Yes Men, and Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. He began showing technological media art in 1989, and deals with works and writing that explore the social relations between us and media. Venues in which Lichty has been involved with solo and collaborative works include the Whitney & Turin Biennials, Maribor Triennial, Performa Performance Biennial, Ars Electronica, and the International Symposium on the Electronic Arts (ISEA).

He also works extensively with virtual worlds, including Second Life, and his work, both solo and with his performance art group, Second Front, has been featured in Flash Art, Eikon Milan, and ArtNews.

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Post-Postism?


I hear about post-digital/New Media/Internet/Human/etc, ad infinitum. I believe
that this only succeeds at placing us in a fatal strategy of opposition or
refusal and makes no suggestions. For all my distrust of it, at least
New Aestheticism posited something. Surfing clubs did. Post-ing does
not.

Post-ism paints us in the corner of refusal without proposition and
little else. It breaks the discourse into a molecular one without
any potential coherence; it is Babel-ism at its height, and paints
the writer into a corner. I think it is some to begin framing new
discourses not as "new" propositions, but as new propositions, like
perhaps the age of convergence or integrationist, or mixed-reality
art or even going back to intermedia. I am still a pluralist; not
into master narratives, but I want propositions for the present, not
mere refuznikism. I want something that says something, not just that
"We're over that", because I'm over being over things.
#imnotthatcool

Patrick Lichty

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48 Artists (and Rhizome) remember when...


1985. Student Assistant UNIX Systems Admin for the Engineering Computer Graphics Facility for the University of Akron, tending a 16- node HP 5000 workstation cluster. No Web. Just Usenet, Bitnet, and KERMIT. Making bad desktop schemes, playing the ancient predecessor of Civilization, and the old Star Trek game. And writing printer drivers for a dying Prime CAD miniframe.

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What's Postinternet Got to do with Net Art?


That's really wonderfully put, Tom. It's funny; I think that in mid 2000's we didn't see eye to eye a lot of the time, but I've come to really enjoy your point of view over the years. Thank you.

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What's Postinternet Got to do with Net Art?


And I LOVE people like Ben Vida who are mashing modular synthesis with digital processing. That's such a problem to explain when trying to frame the work in certain ways. Throw the wrench in the categorical works. Love it.

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What's Postinternet Got to do with Net Art?


All good, up to - " Just because there's no buzzword doesn't mean people are flailing. "

My problem is that people seem to be endlessly coming up with buzzwords for things, as I said. I think we've turned into an interesting galaxy of techno-media arts, and the people who I think who are flailing are not the artists, but select individuals who insist on trying to quantify things in an increasingly plural set of practices. Mostly people on institutional panels who want to try to make umbrellas in a world where there're a lot of cells, but not a lot of centers. Again, maybe we're in a "long tail-ism" (poking fun at myself for criticizing those trying to categorize).

Diversity is a bitch to explain to the Board of Trustees or a collector. They like names.