net.art

Digital Artifacts | Frances Gichner

In an increasingly digital world what is happening to the artifact? Essays, art, and digital histories all exist online, in a space independent from the physical realm. Kenta Murakami writes: “I am not asking about replacing objects with digital replicas, but asking about the creation of independent digital objects. The…

The Station | Vi Trinh

The Station is an interactive digital exploration of a post-apocalyptic space station. Based on of the Myth of Sisyphus, and tied to nostalgia as a weapon of ideology, two A.I. Sabrina and Alex, accompany the viewer through the station. Each of the 43 rooms visually and audibly reference various ages…

Mixed Connections | Emma Dickson

“Still waiting…” “Lingering grace at J. Alexander’s.” “Gay hat, green shorts.” Through a randomized recombination of Craigslist Missed Connection posts, Emma Dickson’s Mixed Connections reevaluates digital longing, anonymity, identity, and place. Mixed Connections pulls from Craigslist posts in three cities—Pittsburg, New York, and Durham—exploring the similarities and differences of each…

Destroy Evil | Katie Bush

Katie Bush’s Destroy Evil is an overwhelming, disarming, and mesmerizing 90’s net art inspired piece aimed at critiquing George Bush’s 2002 ‘Axis of Evil’ speech. As the viewer clicks through the site, disturbing layers of imagery (including bombs, babies, and medical procedure) emerge. When navigating through the piece, one can…

Katie Bush | Q+A

Katie Bush | Q+A

Known throughout the world as ‘America’s Favorite Lady’, Katie Bush is a Canadian installation artist whose work is influenced by the invisible airborne choreographies of ever-encroaching surveillance systems, widely distributed judgements of morally-upright church herds, remorseless mall stampedes & unremarkable people having sex. Her art has been featured in BoingBoing,…

Meat Mouchette | Jessica Mairena

Martine Neddam’s Mouchette.org is a digital art piece that explores themes of infantilization, fetishization, and cyber identity through an interactive net experience. Originally launched in 1996, the artist fabricated the cyber persona “Mouchette,” an almost thirteen year old girl whose infantile speech and graphic adult-content  (i.e. suicide and violence) interests mirror…

Challenging Digital Media Studies

David Golumbia’s course “Challenging Media Studies” at Virginia Commonwealth University provides a topical survey of issues in current digital media studies. Dr. Golumbia passed out a list of dozens of topics that were possible entry points into the class. Students voted on which topics they wanted to discuss, and each…

The Demise of net.art: A Look At Artifacts Past | Kenta Murakami

The absorption of radical art movements by the mainstream has become a cliché of the avant-garde. “Subversion to assimilation to absorption”: a cycle net.artist Heath Bunting was accused of in an anonymous 1997 NetTime posting; the “Michelangelo of the Digital age” had appeared in an article for Wired Magazine, a…