Im not sure what the situation is in the US but in Canada artist run centres
and publicly funded art organisations must pay CARFAC (Canadian Artists
Representation) fees to each artist included in their programme (including
net.art projects). At Year Zero One even though we dont necessary 'host' a
site on our server we still pay net artists a fee for linking their work as
part of our exhibition.
As far as linking sites to our media art directory...this is a free service
where individuals or institutions have requested a link or we mutually
exchange links. There's been some cases where we add important sites which we
feel are of interest and beneficial to the community but this is obviously not
in an exhibition context.
If the institution is a major museum I would assume they are receiving federal
funding and therefore you should receive an artist fee...then again it is the
US so you may have to do a bit of research since their cultural funding is
quite different than Canada and Europe.
all the best,
Simon Biggs wrote:
> Hi all
> Welcome to 2002.
> This might be off topic, but this list seems the suitable context for
> discussion of the issue involved in this post.
> A fairly major US museum has recently mounted a show of digital art. It
> features about six installations by artists established in the field. There
> is also an extensive website devoted to the show where there are links to
> about 10 artist's websites featuring works made for the net. These artists
> are not featured in the installation part of the show.
> I do not know what the conditions were for the artists showing in the real
> space of the museum but would imagine they would be the usual...a fee,
> installation expenses, travel and accomodation, a catalogue, related PR,
> etc. Knowing some of the artists I know that they would not show without
> receiving a significant fee. Nor would I...whether for a net piece or an
> I am one of the artists linked to on the site. I only found out about the
> show after the fact and via a third party. The curators did not contact me
> to ask for permission to refer or link to the work (or, for that matter,
> select and curate it) or even to inform me of their intent. I have never
> heard of them or from them. Obviously they did not offer me any recompense
> of any kind nor any other benefits...although clearly they must feel that
> linking to work such as mine is of significant enough value to them.
> Whilst it is nice for ones work to be noted and linked to I think this
> curatorial approach raises some important questions about how curators and
> their institutions relate to artists in general and net based artists in
> particular. I have not yet contacted the curators or their institution. I
> am not sure what I would say if I did. It has crossed my mind to ignore
> them, just as they have ignored me. If I was an artist of a different
> character I might do something that would bounce back at them (eg: an
> RTMark type thing) but that wouldn't be my style.
> What are others thoughts on this? I imagine others here with similar
> experiences (this is not the first time, by far, this has happened to me).
> I would most appreciate feedback from the various curators on this list.
> Simon Biggs
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