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NET.ART IS DEAD, LONG LIVE NET.ART!

COUCH.CLUB

9 December 2005
16:00

Location: Theater Kikker

IMPAKT ONLINE

Impakt Online stimulates the development of net.art by supporting projects made under a central theme. This year the theme is ‘net.art is dead, long live net.art!’ Ten years after the emergence of net.art, this art form looks like it’s on its way back. Net.art pioneers exchanged the internet for other media, ranging from game (de)constructions to GPS systems and offline worlds. Is net.art dead ? Or did it expand and move into new areas?

Nowadays net.artists work more from the notion that we are living in surroundings that are increasingly filled with intelligent systems that gather, process and send information. Human development cannot be seen as a separate process from this technological development. The Internet does not play a separate role anymore, but is integrated in the environment where one lives, works and learns. These experiments prove net.art is not yet dead, but only shifted its focus of attention. Recent developments call for some urgent questions though: what is the added value of the internet in existing art disciplines when these are more and more engaging in a symbiosis? Is the combination of on- and offline worlds really a new art form, and do new problems rise? Are these developments changing the idea of Internet artworks?

Olia Lialina en Lev Manovich, two prominent critics, producers and theoretic of net.art will discuss these developments and questions. The discussion will be led by Ann-Sophie Lehmann, assistant-professor new media & art history at the university of Utrecht.


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