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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Re: net art history
anne-marie on 18 Feb 2001 00:39:30 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Re: net art history

>we in 'vns matrix' (cyberfeminist artist group) were making interactive
>artworks and text based performances on the internet pre web days.... as
>i was recently at an event where some of these artists were calling
>themselves 'the fathers of net.art'
>....i guess the 'father's of web.art' doesn't sound quite as sexy, but i
>think you art historians should maybe point out the difference in your
>texts as you assign male authorship in your art discourses as you have
>throughout history.

yes, same canon making pattern.

but vns matrix is a big impressive mama of net.art not soon to be 
forgotten I hope.

and about the offspring of net.artists--the net.art?

watching this thread it seemed to focus on writing net.art history 
based on the authors/artists, their relations to institutions, 
resistance or compliance, avant-garde maneuvers, individual 
personalities, interviews...

i would like to see histories of net.art take into consideration the 
oppositions within the art itself, differentiations and tendencies 
within what is not a unified field, ways that net.art proposed new 
ways and means, how it adapted strategies from past offline art 
(josephine berry made some correlations between mail art and 
conceptual art, etc.) also i would like to see histories of net.art 
look at strategies net.art shares outside the art world with digital 
folk art and other forms of networked authorship like software, 
writing, music making, gaming, online otaku, etc.

we made a taxonomy back in 97 (seems long in the web time) when i was 
a grad student at cadre. we would voluntarilly meet every week as 
part of Switch http://switch.sjsu.edu and search around. it was a 
collective effort to  map tendencies of what was not yet so fixedly 
labeled net.art. people involved were Lisa Jevbratt,(1:1), Jan 
Ekenberg, Ben Eakins, Geri Wittig(C5), Brett Stalbaum, (EDT and other 
hacktivisms), and others. we made icons for each category and for 
many later switch issues Brett posted net.art link collections with 
these icons attached.

our taxonomy catagories back then were:

-Not Web Art (our response to what led to the net.art term)










-Information Mapping

-Web Event


Perhaps this may be useful to someone.


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