File spoon-archives/avant-garde.archive/avant-garde_1999/avant-garde.9902, message 30

Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 18:03:11 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: notart

On Mon, 22 Feb 1999, Gerald O'Connell wrote:

> >
> >"Net-art" is usually a tired modernist rationalization in search of
> >arts-funding/critical-authentication by appropriating second-hand science.
> >Silly claims of new "interactivity" usually are also involved... I tend to
> >follow art-online that isn't necessarily _about some aspect of the Net,
> >but rather introduces virtual streams, flows and spaces.

> I think your healthy scepticism about the claims for interactivity is
> thoroughly laudable. 
> And if you're saying, with this talk of 'streams', that the medium's
> most significant contribution may be in the introduction of new time-
> base (and maybe time-base-distance) parameters into the art
> appreciation/production nexus, then I'd say you're definitely onto
> something. If you (or anybody) can develop that theme then I'd love to
> hear about it. My intuition tells me that this is a rich vein, but
> something ( probably about the restrictions of my own working practices
> to date I suppose) makes it tricky for me to think through...

Yes! (I can't help suggesting that my own 12hr-project is an attempt to at
least begin to sketch-out such possibilities.) It's also a move toward an
equitable apprehension of an artist's creative progression-distribution;
someone might invest in shares-involvement (something like the David Bowie
future-earnings scenario) -- the artworks themselves become like tokens or
vectors or suspended certificates of recognition...(?)


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