Rob Myers
Since 2003
Works in United States of America

Rob Myers is an artist and hacker based in the UK.

I have been creating images of the contemporary social and cultural environment through programming, design software and visual remixing since the early 1990s. My work is influenced by popular culture and high art in equal measures. My interest in remixing and sampling has led to my involvement in the Free Culture movement. I have been involved in the public consultation regarding the Creative Commons 2.0 and CC-UK licenses. All my visual art is available under a Creative Commons license.

My interest in programming has led to my involvement with the Free Software movement. I developed the Macintosh version of the Gwydion Dylan programming language compiler. All my software is available under the GNU GPL.
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A pro-commons game under a NonCommercial license?



Configuring Hegemony Into the Post-Human Culture of Tomorrow

the notion of the haves and the have-nots and only a few select elitists having the benefits of new technologies, with which to enhance, is old-world

If this means it's mediaeval then I agree. If this means it's European-not-American I'd disagree. Government schemes to enable access to computers and networks are common in the EU.

Neural jacks on the NHS?

No where is anyone saying that only a select few ought to have benefits of NBIC technologies. ... We Artists...

Artists are useful for gaining access to technology by those outside the socioeconomic elite. Artists produce work for that elite that is desired by and valued by it but that is not regarded as vital for its objectives. Any access to technology by artists is both a means of opening access to technology and an indicator that more open access to technology is possible.

I look forward to MTAA's first 122 year performance video...




DISCUSSION Preservation

For I tend to be less worried about preservation issues than with my other software art. Participating in the current state of the web requires using a range of software and network technologies that may not be supported in a few years time. And the potentially ephemeral nature of the web is, for me, part of the charm of

But that said I do three things to try to help with preserving my software.

I place the work under a Free Software license, so it can be copied, stored and modified as needed by anyone who wishes to preserve it.

I make the source for the work available from a popular public repository, so it can be easily found and downloaded, and the download location is likely to remain supported.

I use mainstream software and technology, so it is more likely that people and systems capable of working with it will be available for longer.

My net art project "paintr" is currently offline due to the original getting lost during a server move, but the code is available here: and I will restore the project from that when I get the new server set up more.


Time Travel 2

Nominating a non-art object as an artwork requires that the object not be an art object. But imagine that you have a time machine. Now you can go back in time to ancient Rome or Greece with any non-art object that you wish to nominate as an artwork and have it accepted as a work of art. Not declared; displayed and accepted.

Assuming you avoid temporal paradoxes, the object will never have been a non-art object and so will not now need nomination. Is this just nomination at an extra level of indirection, or does it undo the readymade?