I suppose we will soon, here in the UK anyway, be awash with reviews about the forthcoming exhibition at the Barbican which thanks to its digital archaeology section _might_ be a useful counterpoint ?
Here's the first of the more considered articles....
Sent from my pocket.
On 18 Jun 2014, at 23:10, "mez breeze" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Well said Nic.
It's a pity the reviewer didn't even bother to adequately research the fact
that net.art was founded precisely to push past such myopic
(geophysically/regionally-defined) framings (ref: the "net.art Painters and
Poets" <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt3y6xR0L-A>exhibition that opens
today and features <http://net.art.mgml.si/>: "!MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK,
0100101110101101.org<http://0100101110101101.org>, Cory Arcangel, Kim Asendorf, Mez Breeze, Cristophe
Bruno, Heath Bunting, Shu Lea Cheang, Paolo Cirio, Vuk ?osi?, Constant
Dullaart, Lisa Jevbratt, JODI, Justin Kemp, Olia Lialina, Alessandro
Ludovico, Mouchette, Mark Napier, Evan Roth, (r)(tm)ark, Eryk Salvaggio, Alexei
Shulgin, Teo Spiller, Igor ?tromajer, Thomson & Craighead, Ubermorgen,
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Jaka ?eleznikar.").
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On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:27 AM, Nicholas O'Brien <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Sarah + all:
I actually think that there's some stuff worth engaging in this...
I haven't read Joanne's book, so I can't speak to the ways in which this
piece fails as a review, but this closing statement definitely sent a
shiver down my browser:
"The problem with the book, as with internet art, is that no one has
recognised the aesthetic problems of provincial conversation. Work by
artists who turn inward to have hushed talks with a small coterie about
local problems will have little effect on culture at large. McLuhan's
global village may have its merits, but the cultural celebration of
marginalism in art is not one of them."
The reactionary in me would outright disagree with this, but I did have a
moment of thinking bout who does address the aesthetic problems of the
"provincial conversation" of internet art. So maybe as a way of thinking
about outright disagreeing with Pac Pobric, the list might suggest some
To that end, the metric of cultural relevance as proposed in this article
is squarely situated in archaic models of art presentation/distribution (I
think that a lot of us can agree on that). So instead of operating in the
suburbs, how could the list propose that it is in fact the art world that
is suburban - with its gated community paywalls, whitecube picket fences,
and McMansions Art Centers - instead of the other way around.
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