patrick lichty
Works in Oak Park, Illinois United States of America

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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Rhizome at ISEA 2011

Sorry to have missed you, Nick. It was a fast, furious time.



I like the idea of the glitch as a practice that occasionally finds meaning.  Somehow I find something unsatisfying about endless fishing through corruptions except for two aspects of the practice.  First, with the elimination of analogue TV in the US, Noise has been elided as part of culture, and it has reemerged in the glitch.  Digital static for a culture that abhors noise and disruption.  Second is that of the Fluxus/Cage/Kaprow idea of process as art, where aesthetics are subordinate.  This is why I don't do glitch very much (while I DO do hyper low-fi, which is a very distant cousing), and that I think it can be low-dimensional as a practice, but like Dirtstyle (which became Digital Folk ;) ), it reflects a digital volksgeist.


Required Reading

No. Social media did NOT start in 2000, or 97 or whenever facebook or blogger started. This is the discursive fallacy of the fourth generation of electronic artists; i.e. everything began after 2000. We could say that there was Mail art, easily, or even social chats like The Palace... Or what about the Usenet, or even Englebart's Augment? The idea of a blog being the first social media is only justifiable if we use really, really narrow criteria. As in a prior note possibly a person with enough framework and information to go before 2000, I think there are some good points here, but the 2000's generation's marketing strategy is to dehistoricize New Media in post-2000 terms - and the only way I would do that is in the context of it finally being accepted by canonical institutions liek the Whitney.