posts elsewhere

ginormica at Nasty Nets (the cyborg in popular culture)

web art preservation at Nasty Nets

Carolyn Swiszcz paintings at... Nasty Nets

discussing a famous NY cyber conceptualist's talk in Toronto that apparently went over like a lead Hindenburg. The subject of Net Art 1.0 vs 2.0 came up so had to refresh my memory by looking at a textbook history:

I am re-skimming some of Rachel Greene's book Internet Art. She seems to have been sleepwalking in some of her descriptions of the early work. She calls Lialina's 1996 piece My Boyfriend Came Home From the War an "oblique, dramatized romantic narrative" with elements of interactivity (what Sally calls "find-the-place-to-click-me").
But to hear Lialina talk about that work in a lecture here in NY it is a Dadaist goof with a pseudo narrative (what boyfriend? what war?) that made fun of the slow loading tech of the time.

Heath Bunting's King's Cross Phone In, 1994, reads to me like the prototype Net Art piece that launched a thousand Rhizome commissions. Bunting publishes a list of pay phone numbers for a London train station on the Internet with instructions to start ringing the numbers at a certain time. Passersby in London witness a "spontaneous" international phone-ringing symphony--a Situationist or Fluxus type event. It's the predecessor of the cell phone "flash mob" although Greene's 2004 book was probably too early to make that connection.

To me it says more about long-distance rates and I would assume that the "international-ness" of the calls depended on how well heeled the participants are. I'm guessing most of the calls came from within the same area code, but Greene doesn't get into the economics of it at all.

In any case that situationist stuff is mostly a great story--hearing about it is just as good as participating. That interests me considerably less than making visual art, film or music with brain dead web based tools.

vvork twitter

copied and pasted:

tasteful de Stijl-esque "monument" to famous utopian socialist
collage of famous photoshopped Iran missile in multiple orientations
Memphis furniture sideboard (photo)
excavation of a World War II bunker buried in a hill in The Hague (photo)
low res boxing ring related stills or footage projected in dark room
Pioneer 10-11 extraterrestrial greeting plaque painted on de Stijl lattice
plexiglas-sandwiched slices of decaying organic matter resemble Hirst cut up cow
actual white cube with lower right corner set on fire
post-Biennial stick figure on canvas or panel
photo of photoshopped van gogh wrapped in clear plastic
3D rendering of gallery wall with four conjoined metallic picture frames
busy wall and floor installation of mingled organic and geometric lattices resembling deformed corporate flow charts
cyclado-brancusoid stone sculpture of extraterrestrial "grey"
folding table with flashlight, book, meteorite, etc (3D printer objects?)
3 photos: chair, 3D printer objects, and demo graphic for laser sculpting process
second life sculpture project - assortment of 3D shapes hovers over hilly topography
slightly more eccentric judd-like variations of IKEA furniture parts
grid of adjacent photos covers walls, floor, and columns in vast space, resembling cityscape
photo of 4 people staring at 5th person in gallery with title "What’s on view looks like you"
vector-y graphics (continents, rectangles, triangles) on yellow wall-mounted disc
hockey mask, shin guards, and illegible photo on gallery partition
wind chimes blown by electrical fans in gallery with title re: "Arab tritone" interval
middle east map with title re: politics and poetry
expressionistically applied orange paint on post-Katrina house and yard