transmediale 2k12 | 31 January – 5 February 2012
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Photo: Brane Zorman
If net art is cashing in on the utopian promise of video art, what dream does net art have left for itself? Has it come full circle? Is net.art now at its end? And is it true what the net art veteran Mark Amerika proclaims via Twitter, that “video is the new net art”?
Photo: Brane Zorman
Perhaps the confusion in the question stems from a too-narrow understanding of net art thanks to the label “net.art”, which usually refers only to a small group of artists of a particular time (1995-1999). Such a designation could never really be adequate to the phenomenon of net art, because, like photography, painting, or video art, it is an art form – and art forms are above all defined by their medium. The medium of net art, however, is simply the net: whichever particular form net art takes is irrelevant for its definition. Whether its clients are connecting to the net using stationary computers with browsers or mobile devices with apps, whether their bandwidth speed is fast or slow – “net art will never die!”; since a society without the net is itself now inconceivable (just as it once was without the printing press).
Photo: Brane Zorman
Robert Sakrowski (DE)
Robert Sakrowski was born and lives in Berlin. He is an art historian. From 1999–2003 he headed the project netart-datenbank.org at TU Berlin and curated several exhibitions in the field of Net-based art. From 2007–2009 he has been working at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research in Linz. Since 2007 he has created various exhibitions dealing with questions circling art and art practices connected to the web 2.0; these themes are also the main focus of his project CuratingYouTube. Website: http://www.curatingyoutube.net
Petra Cortright (US)
Petra Cortright is an Internet artist born in 1986 in Santa Barbara, California. She currently lives and works in Santa Barbara, California. Cortright has resided in New York City, Portland, Toyko and Berlin. She has studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a member of the Nasty Nets Internet Surfing Club, Loshadka Internet Surfing Club and Computers Club. She has exhibited internationally in galleries including the New Museum and Spencer Brownstone in New York, The Sundance Film International Film Festival, Artnews Projects in Berlin, Preteen Gallery in Mexico City, Gloria Maria Gallery in Milan, and at the Internet Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Constant Dullaart (NL)
Constant Dullaart (b. 1979) studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Originally trained as a video artist, he now works mainly with the Internet as an alternative presentation space. By editing online forms of presentations and by re-contextualising ‘found’ material he creates a new, found (online) exhibition space with networked performances, digital prints, YouTube videos, domain names and blog postings. His work has been shown internationally at venues such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Art in General, the New Museum and the MWNM Gallery in New York, the ICA and Rob Tuffnel in London, NIMk, de Appel, W139, the Stedelijk Museum, Ellen de Bruijne Projects and Galerie West in the Netherlands.
Igor Štromajer (SI)
Igor Štromajer’s oeuvre comprises nearly 150 works presented at more than 100 exhibitions, the most known being Ballettikka Internettikka. He has received several awards, and his projects form part of the collections of Le Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, the Computerfinearts Gallery in New York and many more. His multimedia projects research emotional tactics, intimate political guerrilla and low-tech communication strategies. He lectures at universities and art institutes worldwide. http://www.intima.org