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Sucks I'm missing the panel
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I was so eager to mention the term sell-out somewhere in my comment (just to cause more attention and stuff to talk about), but I must have forgotten...

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I love fights. That's the only time when all these artists, critics and interested /-ing people stop being nice and smalltalky, and finally start risking a statement. When I came to New York I was excited to finally talk to people rather than writing, I was hoping to sit in bars and talk until my mouth gets fuzzy. That's why I was surprised that everyone was very well-behaved in person, and that people don't talk about their stuff so much. Maybe I am too ambitious, but where I come from we are not afraid to drop our pants!

I often regret things I say during an argument, but while I believe what I said was dumb the other people might at least be inspired. As long as a couple of braincells play billard it's all good! So stop making clear who was saying what or defending yourselves, and allow each other the shot.

What I find about all these general discussions about internet art is that there seems to be a conflict bewteen the perspectives net art once promised, how and especially the fact THAT it defined its key points on one side, and on the other side how the best works of today's internet art don't even need such an ideology. "How come that piece by John-Michael or Oliver rocks so much without being loyal to its genre? How come it feels like THIS is the genre instead of what everyone agreed on? Where are the dogmas, this is getting ordinary!" one could say.

And even though it's clear by now that net.art doesn't equal today's net art and the rules are that there are no rules and uncool is the new cool and all that, it still feels strange, for instance, to try to turn immaterial works into objects (in order to sell them). As strange as buying mp3s.
But its not that some of those dogmas are still around, maybe its just sanity that tells us websites don't belong on DVDs, or it's only right that internet art is art on the internet (not inside galleries or museums) and doesn't cost anything! But who cares about sanity?

Anyways, talking is much more fun than writing and can carmouflage my pointless arguments much better. Before I go back to Germany on friday, I hope to get into a fight about something like this, because that's what I came here for.

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Rhizome is a dancer,
it's a soul's companion,
you can feel it everywhere

Lift your hands and voices
free your mind and join us
you can feel it in the air

Ooh, it's a passion
Ooh, you can feel it in the air
Ooh, it's a passion
Ooh, ooh, ooh, oh