Arun-Kumar Tripathi on Mon, 10 Apr 2000 21:55:05 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Whitney Museum of American art with wonderful Arts webpages

Greetings Nettimers Lists,

No events on the Net, can escape my cyberexplorations. Keeping sharp eyes
like Adler - The events on the net are taking place at such a high
speed..that people or researchers cannot be expected to cope with the
Volume. That is where a Net Messenger is needed....

Hi, I would like to forward some 'excerpts' from a recent article, that is
published on WIRED I also tried to collect some important
link as references related to the Arts and Museums via WIRED article, why
it's important?, Because it points to other colossal and timely net arts
and museum pages as links..and the article also have a link to the site,
of Prof. Ken Goldberg, created this year at University of California, the most wonderful and promising interactive net-art --one is
of Prof. Ken Goldberg, famous Conceptual artist, philosopher and
scientist.."OUIJA 2000: Contacting the Spiritual World at:

Others are....[Recommended sites]
Darcey Steinke's magnificent arts at
<> [The Novels of Darcey
Steinke in the digital form can also be seen here..]

Net Art, "GRAMMATRON" webpage at <> GRAMMATRON
is trying to focus the ideas of spirituality in the electronic age..a big

Whitney Museum of American Art: Whitney Biennial: 2000 Biennial Exhibition
opens March 23, 2000 at: <>

Art Museum Network at <>

Art Museum Image Consortium at <> -in
enabling educational access to Museum Multimedia Documentation..

--Some excerpts from the article "Whitney Speaks: It Is Art"--

For the first time since 1975, the Whitney Museum of American Art is
including a new art form -- the Internet -- in its prestigious
Biennial exhibition. 

It's been 25 years since another new media form -- video -- was
curated into the show, which is considered a barometer of what's
currently hot in the art world. 

This year's Biennial marks the first major American survey of
contemporary art to feature current developments in Internet art. It
opens Thursday and runs through June 4. 

"Internet art has reached a critical stage where a significant number
of artists are producing works for this new medium," said Maxwell L.
Anderson, director of the Whitney. "An impressive number of really
exciting works have been made, and a substantial critical dialogue has
developed that is slowly but surely drawing in mainstream art
historians and theorists. As of 2000, Internet art can no longer be
ignored as a legitimate art form." 

Mark Amerika's Grammatron, created in 1997, and Darcy Steinke's
Blindspot, created in 1999, represent hypertext fiction. Both are
nonlinear narratives that attempt to create "environments" for the
reader to experience using multimedia. The imaginitive Grammatron
plot, if you can call it that, centers around a character with the
split personality of an "info-shaman" and a sexless digital creature.
Blindspot features a mysterious text and moody images, and utilizes
frames to introduce 19 shorter sub-stories.  

***** (five stars) Most Important *****
Ken Goldberg's Ouija 2000, created this year, and the collective
Fakeshop's self-titled site, created from 1997-present, both
incorporate live action -- in very different ways. 

The playful, interactive Ouija 2000 allows visitors to the site to
control the planchette of a real Ouija board via remote, by moving
their computer's mouse, while watching a live feed of the board
onscreen. Fakeshop presents recorded images, amidst innovative graphic
design, from live performances of the artists who make up the
collective, and a live event is scheduled to take place during the
course of the Biennial. 

Part documentary and part multimedia poem, Annette Weintraub's 1999
website Sampling Broadway features video shots of New York's
well-known thoroughfare. Panoramic shots of pedestrians amidst
skyscrapers are accompanied with comparisons of Manhattan to Pompeii
or lines such as "the looming boxes deliberately block out the sky"
streaming across the screen. 

Organized by a national team of six curators -- Michael Auping of the
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Valerie Cassel of the Art Institute
of Chicago, Hugh M. Davies of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San
Diego, Jane Farver of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Lawrence R.
Rinder of the California College of Arts and Crafts, and independent
curator Andrea Miller-Keller -- this year's Biennial is the 70th in
the series of Annuals and Biennials inaugurated by the museum's
founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, in 1932. 

The nine Internet artists are among 97 artists chosen for the
exhibition. More traditional media such as painting, sculpture,
installation, and photography will be shown, as well as film and

"Artists have always worked in the vanguard of technical developments,
experimenting with photography, film, and video at their inceptions,"
said Anderson. "And the same is true for the Internet."  

The article in full can be read at:
Sincerely yours
Arun Tripathi

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