Sounds to me like a clarion call for another 9 Evenings type of event, where
artists and engineers are presented with equivalent value. Times have moved
on though. Such an event would have to take into account changes in artistic
practice, professional practice and context.
You might want to add a few other people to your list as well (like Tom
Demeyer, Josh Nimoy, Richard Land, etc).
On 20/6/07 20:40, "Walter van der Cruijsen"
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> My few cents, or pence...
> I share Simon's ambivalence. In my view, the art world seems often
> more concerned about fashion, money and the politics of power than
> about art.
> On top that, when an artist has a fair knowledge of technology, it
> often happens that he or she is no longer seen as an artist but merely
> as a technical person. On the other side, I think that many engineers
> that created phantastic new software and built on-line tools and toys
> have as much artistic credibility as artists. But since they don't
> present themselves as artists, they are not taken for full, often
> ignored or only appear in small print in the credits when their work
> is applied by visual artists. I have been dreaming for a long time
> about an exhibition that would give credit to those who have been
> working in the background or were only hired to do the technical stuff
> for the 'real' artists. I'm referring to people like Gideon May, Luka
> Frelih and Thomax Kaulman. Talking about re-writing history...
> In my personal experience, I always enjoyed the collaboration on equal
> terms between artists and engineers. This was relevant in a time where
> much of the technology simply wasn't available and much had to be made
> from scratch. In this period new media art and net.art in particular
> were not taken very seriously by most galleries and museums, but then,
> we were not really bothered about this. In my recollection, it was
> also about creating new spaces for art and artists, outside the formal
> arts world context.
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