Tom Moody
Since 2002
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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What?


After too many years of structure and context as a primary subject, discourse collapsed.
Attempts by a new, post-collapse generation to define a web-specific art that isn't just talking about art (or doesn't just look back to the tropes of '60s conceptualism and '80s post-structuralist jargon for a net art model) is dismissed as "cotton candy" by the Web 1.0 conspiracy, as M.River called it.
I think more next-generation net artists would speak up in the face of these attacks from the conspiracy, but unfortunately they're all applying for Rhizome commissions.
Also, the conspiracy fights foul-mouthed, personal, and mean.
In defense of the 4Channing of Rhizome, Ceci Moss has a pretty good eye for "cotton candy," I think.

DISCUSSION

Video of Futures of the Internet Panel


A rainy day project for me (more like rainy month) is to start using Linux on my old PC. I'm bootstrapped into Windows right now because so much of the music software I use is from Europe and optimized for Windows. If I can find music and graphic programs I like as much that run on Linux I will make the switch and never look back.
I will read the Liu book. Another reason I use Windows for art is it's my workplace computer and it made sense to also use it at home (for handling .bmp files and the like). I am also attracted to the idea of artists using the OS of everyday knowledge workers (or misusing it if that's possible). I think all the time about how work drives art and wonder how the reverse could be achieved.

DISCUSSION

Video of Futures of the Internet Panel


One laptop per child seemed like a dumb idea to me but the "OLPC partisan" and his ensuing discussion with Clay Shirky made me rethink that a bit: http://www.tommoody.us/archives/2008/05/02/future-of-the-internet-panel-notes/


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Video of Futures of the Internet Panel


This panel was discussed at length here:

http://www.artfagcity.com/2008/04/18/futures-of-the-internet-a-long-summation-with-pictures/

http://www.artfagcity.com/2008/04/28/the-aesthetics-of-browsers/

I have some ideas of why these kinds of lively discussions by and about next generation net art aren't happening on Rhizome, if anyone wants to email me.

DISCUSSION

Brush-off


Paddy:
A brief recap of the Tom/T.Whid fight history (simplication is not attempt to mischaracterize and I'm not in this for personal spite):
You reviewed Cory's Team show and had some critical but supportively worded things to say.
I seconded you on my blog and added some thoughts.
Commenters came on my blog and said I was hostile, nay, the only voice of hostility in an otherwise Coryphilic world.
I said calling me hostile wasn't productive.
T.Whid said you have to expect people will be mad because of the reasons you quoted above.
I interpreted this as saying that the criticism of Cory's show wasn't valuable--otherwise why defend the accusations of hostility?
Then suddenly T.Whid pops up months later cheering on the unmitigated smackdown.
I made fun of that and T.Whid exploded in curses and personal invective.
If T.Whid will concede that my criticisms of Cory were not rooted in personal hostility or a desire to hinder his career then we have no argument.