File spoon-archives/avant-garde.archive/avant-garde_1999/avant-garde.9902, message 24

Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 21:38:46 +0000
Subject: Re: Nietzsche's aesthetics/netart/WebArt....

In message <>, mal avita
<> writes
>>Well, how to sell netart. Who has there any "copyright", or what
>>can be sold ?
>I also have to question the use of reactionary forms presented as 
>netart. If an artwork is intrinsically linked to the technology of the 
>net, it would qualify as netart. 

How do you define 'the technology of the net' ?

>More often than not, works on the web 
>tend to be pictures of artwork, or images altered by Photoshop 
>(representing a technological nostalgia for Surrealism). 

The same process of thought would have disqualified film of actors
performing a script from being 'cinema' !

>Although the 
>Web is an effective way for marginalized artists to present images to an 
>international audience, its presentation doesn't necessarily elevate it 
>above traditional documentary photography (or slides). 

I didn't know there was a league table for this stuff !  In fact, I
didn't even know that Documentary Slides had even PLAYED Images Altered
By Photoshop....

>The Web has been 
>best used as an exchange of artistic ideas, owing to its international 
>At any rate, is it necessary to sell netart, and is it rational or even 
>desirable to commodify it? Part of the beauty of the technology is its 
>reproductive qualities. I lean toward anti-copyright 
>sensibilities...most of the ideas of free-thinking individuals can't be 
>sold or given away, let alone stolen for profit.

Revolutionary anti-copyright opponents of intellectual property law more
often than not turn out to be those who do not own any intellectual
property with a value worth protecting. 

The best bet for artists on the WWW who want to earn revenue or
royalties from online exploitation of their work would be an
international settlement agreement between Telcos and ISPs that would
return one (red, if you prefer it that way) cent per page visited to the
publisher of the page. This is unlikely to happen because the Telcos
already have enough trouble from the abuse of this mechanism by
organised crime on the International Value Added Voice Services...

Gerald O'Connell

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