On the occasion of the launch and acquisition of two Internet projects at www.guggenheim.org/internetart, the Guggenheim Museum offers the following free programs in March and April at its main building at 88th Street and Fifth Avenue:
*Art in a Networked Space*
Monday, March 18, 2002 at 7 pm
Sackler New Media Theater
New-media artist Mark Napier illustrates the underlying social implications of Web browsers and networked environments with past projects including P-Soup, Shredder, Feed, as well as a new Guggenheim-commissioned work, net.flag. The audience has an opportunity to interact with net.flag in The Sackler Center Computer Lab. Napier's projects have been featured in on- and offline exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; and at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
*Who Controls New Media? Open Art in Closed Systems*
Thursday March 21, 2002 at 7 pm
Peter B. Lewis Theater
In the 1960s artists and technologists independently laid the groundwork for two parallel forms of democratic expression: the "open artwork" characterized by viewer participation, and a global Internet where ideas and images could be freely circulated. Four decades later, the expansion of copyright has clamped down on public use, interactivity has become a marketing buzzword, and national security and freedom of expression appear unreconcilable. Can today's digital artists reassert open protocols in an increasingly closed society? Participants include Leipzig-based media historian and interactivity specialist Dieter Daniels; Alex Galloway, Rhizome.org content director and creator of the FBI-inspired "Carnivore" surveillance software; and lawyer-programmer Wendy Seltzer, whose Openlaw Web site offers artists innovative tools for protecting their freedom of expression. The discussion is moderated by Jon Ippolito and co-organized by the Guggenheim and Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes New York.
*Collecting the Uncollectable*
Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at 7 pm
Sackler New Media Theater
What are the implications of buying and selling software-based artwork? Join artists John Klima, Mark Napier, John F. Simon Jr. and new-media consultant Michele Thursz in a discussion of new business models for artists working in digital media. The participants will present real-life examples of the challenges of adapting the existing art market to new artistic mediums. The discussion is moderated by Jon Ippolito, who will contrast closed- and open-license models for distributing artworks.