I'm sure many of you have been following this discussion via the Crumb
list, but it's worth sharing...
+ the comments thread has ended up being a handy guide to interesting
net art projects of the past twenty years.
This is from the blog of Will Gompertz, the BBC's arts editor:
"Duchamp was much loved by the Dada movement. I wonder what Dadaists
would have made of the internet. It's interesting that, as far as I am
aware, no contemporary artist has yet harnessed this extraordinary
technology to make a significant artwork. Of course, maybe I'm wrong
and am missing something great - do you know of any net-based art
works that are worth a look?
Maybe you have made one (an artwork made specifically for the medium,
as opposed to a film such as the one above, which uses the net only as
a means of dissemination)?
If you, like me, can't find any net-based art of note, why do you
think that is? Why, when there's been such a boom in contemporary art
around the world, has no artist made the medium of the web his or her
canvas? And if someone were to use the net as a medium, as opposed to
making an image, or a video, or even an interactive Flash animation,
what would the resulting art look, or sound, or feel like?
Duchamp and the Dadaists would have had hours of artistic amusement
creating spoof websites, unintelligible Wiki entries and general
questioning of the status quo."
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