> Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: Net art has been dead for a LONG time. > We JUST figured that out? > > As a point of note, > At Susan Ryan's College Art Association panel on the future > of technological art in 2002(I think 2002, might have been > 2001) during the Q&A session, I boldly announced (in a bit of > a illicit haze) that the day after the WB2000, that Net Art was: > > "...dead as your poor old Great Aunt Edna, as it has been > recognized and canonized by the Institution.
Death of net art exaggerated.
"Telecommunications by artists is on the brink of becoming a fashionable medium - or at least so it would seem from the number of tims that 'telecommunications' crops up in the writings and conversation of artists, critics and theoreticians concerned with the electronic corner of current art practice. But this new interest will be viewed with very mixed feelings by artists working with telecommunications media. On the positive - or any publicity is good publicity - side is the fact that discussion and information about telecommunications projects and programs will stimulate a greater interest among artsts and the art community - which will bring, in turn, increased funding, attention in art journals etc. Up until now there has been so little attention paid to this kind of work that even the people doing it were often asked about its 'art content' - which made it very difficult to compete, with confidence, for a place in art programs. A serious discussion of the nature and possibilities of electronic telecommunications systems as media for art activity could change things dramatically ... though not necessarily for the better."
Robert Adrian X Vancouver 1983
"The creative use of networks makes them organisims. The work is never in a state of completion, how could it be so? Telematique is a decentralising medium; its metaphor is that of a web or net in which there is no centre, or hierarchy, no top or bottom. It breaks the boundaries not only of the insular individual but of institutions, territories and tim zones. To engage in telematic communication is to be at once everywhere and nowhere. In this it is subversive. It subverts the idea of authorship bound up within the solitary individual. It subverts the idea of individual ownership of the works of imagination. It replaces the bricks and mortar of institutions of culture and learning with an invisible college and a floating museum the reach of which is always expanding to include new possibilities of mind and new intimations of reality."
I have worked as an artist on and off since 1990. Sometimes I go absent without leave. This blog is intended to document my daily working routine alongside everything else that goes into my creative life. I am writing it because I believe that ordinarily next to nothing is seen of a working routine. I am writing it because I want to study my own working routine, to see what works and what doesn't. I aim to make a living from my work. I want to use this blog to record my work, network, publicize, comment and alter my life and working practice.
> -----Original Message----- > From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of > t.whid
> I've read Curt's stuff for years on this list and no one points to the > big elephant in the room: Curt believes in God (with the cap G). >
[Ivan Pope] The other night I went to see a film called 'Elephant' by Alan Parker. It was made in the eighties. Gus van Sant's film, Elephant, is named thus in homage. I had been waiting years to see Parker's film. It is about violence (shootings) in Northern Ireland (the six counties)and is called Elephant because Parker believed that violence was the elephant in the room in Northern Ireland, i.e. in polite society no-one talked about it.
I had never heard or seen anyone actually use this phrase, so I write to thank t.whid for his wonderful use of it today!