I'm not going, but I did start researching for an exhibition I was planning on this very subject, but looking at the connection between all these things and the slipperiness of the digital image, when working for my old employer. That was before they pulled the plug on my interdisciplinary programme in favour of a pure photography approach, and - I left! Am back to square one with no fixed gallery but the luxury of being able to reconsider the concept without any fixed institutional agenda. It intrigues me that so-called 'post-internet' practice seems to make so little reference to pioneers of net art and beyond. Thanks fir flagging it Rachel!
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> On 20 Mar 2015, at 16:32, Rachel Baker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Anybody here going to this event in Berlin today and tomorrow?
> Any reports about the event would be gratefully received.
> I'm really interested in this final panel and what Melissa has to say about why the concerns and methodologies of internet artists' (as opposed to post-internet artists) did not 'seem to have taken off'
> "What Was Pre-Post-Internet? Why Net Art and Cybernetics Are Forgotten"
> Keynote Lecture
> ◆ Melissa Gronlund, writer, critic, co-editor of Afterall journal, London/Abu Dhabi
> In her presentation Melissa Gronlund will contest the notion that the present postinternet moment occupies a uniquely ahistorical position based on the enormity of the internet's effects on daily life. The histories of net art, cybernetics, and other new media forms, which would appear to be the obvious forerunners to today's internet-based art, are not typically cited by artists as relevant, nor do their concerns and methodologies seem to have taken off. This presentation will offer some hypotheses as to why this might be the case, including a shift away from modernism and towards depiction and literary realism. Other contextual factors, such as the role of contemporary internet art in the art world and market, will be addressed.