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Art/Net/Work: Mapping Intervention & The Network Interface

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  • Department of Information and Media Studies
  • Videnssamfundet
The seminar Art|Net|Work deals with two important changes in our culture. On one side, the network has become essential in the latest technological development. The Internet has entered a new phase, Web 2.0, including the occurrence of as ‘Wiki’s’, ‘Peer-2-Peer’ distribution, user controlled taxonomies (‘Folksonomy’) and ‘Weblogs’. Also, platforms, programming and software are today very often created in open communities – as seen in the ‘Free/Open Source’ movement. On the other side, following the technological development, the network also has become essential in the art sphere. Artists focus on the ‘network’ itself as a phenomenon and are often using technological networks as a mean of production and distribution. This changes the artistic practice and the distribution channels of art works – and the traditional notions of ‘work’, ‘origin’ and ‘rights’ are increasingly perceived as limiting the praxis of the artist. We see different kinds of interventions and activism (including ‘hacktivism’) using the network as a way of questioning the invisible rules that govern public and semi-public spaces. Who ‘owns’ them? What kind of social relationships do they generate? On what principle is the community based? What kind of behaviour do these spaces cherish? Who does the community include – and who does it exclude? The creation of alternative, user controlled, open networks is in many cases the aspiration of art.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIkke angivet
Number of pages10
PublisherDigital Aesthetics Research Centre/The Aesthetics of Itnerface Culture
Publication year2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventArt/Net/Work - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 25 Oct 200625 Oct 2006



    Research areas

  • networks, Interface, art

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