[NetBehaviour] May 4: jimpunk!

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Apr 27 14:01:11 CEST 2007

Hi ___ b ___,

 >i don't know if you know about the considered net artists in spain... 
it's so funny, so ridiculous...

Yes I am definately aware of them. One of the reasons that we started 
furtherfield in 97 was because we wanted to propose an alternative for 
interested net artists and web artists, who were more interested in a 
kind of Internet culture or art experience that at least could in spirit 
go beyond the controlling elements that seemed to be suffocating many of 
us who were interested in the modernist tactic of being a smug, elitist 
via self-serving actions, mirroring the more traditional behaviours of 
fine art traditions. To us, even though some of the activist tactics 
were interesting in their own right, but fell short in respect of the 
(obvious) intentions and felt less critical because the goals and 
desires behind them were desperate. We wanted to pursue a less macho 
direction and open things up a bit more to those who may not actually be 
seen as net artists themselves, I think that we still maintain this 
mixture of networked, Internet art and net art, with other connected 
genres, moving in for different creative practices that may mtually, 
rest on the edge of art.

 >but far away the net, doesn't happen the same in all arts?

Ah yes - you are definately right, it does...

For me, net art is important but changing the materiality of art and its 
culture is also equally worth exploring.


> marc, i don't know if you know about the considered net artists in 
> spain... it's so funny, so ridiculous...
> but far away the net, doesn't happen the same in all arts?
> -- 
> about heroic periods in the net... that's a long conversation, because 
> it has change a lot in 10 years. (it has change so much that i'm 
> sort-of-hidden-here... protecting myself from the outside net...)
> i don't know if new users joining the net now would apreciate harvey's 
> anatomy, for instances... or mez's language.
> -- 
> marc escribió:
>> I know where you are coming from...
>> I have been arguing against the conolisation of net art by just a few 
>> 'net.artists' for years.
>> I have also been against this notion of a 'heroic period', a myth 
>> designed by those who used the (.) in net art (net.art), their greed 
>> for popularity was only for the few.
>> For me it was a depressing experience, especially when a couple of my 
>> personal friends who I had been creating projects with in 96 started 
>> building for high profiles via certain academics and exploiting my 
>> own energies for their own fame. Getting known is not the issue here 
>> though, it is more that many other net artists at that time were not 
>> supported and were left out of the picture (deliberately) by a small 
>> group - in order to claim a trophy in the history books, whilst 
>> isolating their firends and peers systematically.
>> I feel that the net.art gang (not net art) actually brought about the 
>> decline of net art generally, by creating mythologies that it was 
>> 'they' alone who were worth being considered by institutions certain 
>> academics. A devious strategy which in vision was myopic and bared no 
>> thought for the growth of net art as a whole. We also should remember 
>> that these individuals also tried to say that net art was dead in 
>> 1999. This decline or tactical shift was around the same time of the 
>> dot.com crash. Which, of course was not true in reality, to those 
>> thousands of others who were just getting on with it making anyway. 
>> This helped to make more solid (the mythology) regarding their own 
>> positoning in the history books, and for creating a more accessible 
>> place for themselves in galleries and for selling their works. It was 
>> tactical and of course about individuals rather then the culture as a 
>> whole...
>> Many have used the term 'net.art', to represent their own genre or 
>> practice as opposed to 'net art', yet were not actively or directly 
>> part of the 'net.art heroic period mythlogy'. They were just around 
>> doing interesting excellent stuff at the same time - so today it is 
>> really tough for those who had their own histories distorted also by 
>> the few.
>> So, its complicated - especially for those who are confused about net 
>> art history anyway. I feel that we need to move on from dwelling 
>> about a few misguided individuals, and spend more of energies in 
>> concentrating on those who really deserve our respect and support - 
>> which of course, is each other.
>> Times are changing and history is and will be re-evalauted, 
>> thankfully - and such hegemonies will be contested as part of a much 
>> larger movement. Because people like myself (and hopefully others) 
>> who were also doing net art stuff at that time will offer alternative 
>> experiences relating to net art history.
>> I have forgiven my 'net.art' friends in the UK, every now and then I 
>> work with them on some projects. One has to let things go after a 
>> while because such resentment can also distort one's own perspectives 
>> and then create their own mythologies...
>> marc
>> i don't agree, jimpunk doesn't remember me jodi,
>> in the last video works, reminds me to the great nam june paik.
>> i hate jodi, in fact, i just can't stand him... him and some others...
>> in net art, i "hate" more people who is acting as net-artist and 
>> esqueezing the concept in order to be named that... because it's so 
>> cool to be named netartist... that doesn't make the point. i would 
>> write here more names, but what for? i just don't want them to be in 
>> me, so i forgot the names...
>> i can't hate: it would give to the people i dislike a sort of power 
>> from me, and i just want to give myself to people i like, like jim or 
>> some artists of this list + auriea, always, of course...
>> maybe there are lots of net-art histories, written by every one of us...
>> my net-art history began with hell collective.
>> i would be cruel with jodi in this mail, but it doesn't make point 
>> either...
>> jimpunk video works remember me in some way to nam june paik's 
>> experiments,
>> and i feel very sorry for 
>> That-People-Who-Is-Well-Positioned-In-Net-Art-World, and try to make 
>> us think that what they write is specially important to current net 
>> art situation, making their living out of it like parasites...
>> ajj
>> The Art Gallery of Knoxville escribió:
>> > http://theartgalleryofknoxville.com/logo-w-jimpunk.gif
>> >  B Y JIMPUNK !   >  MAY 1 - 26
>> > http://theartgalleryofknoxville.com/jimpunk3.gif
>> > http://theartgalleryofknoxville.com/jimpunk4.gif
>> >
>> > May 1 - 26 The Art Gallery of Knoxville is excited to
>> > present the work of artist jimpunk.
>> >  > http://www.jimpunk.com/
>> >  >  OPENING FRIDAY MAY 4 - 6 - 11pm  >
>> > jimpunk is a French artist - working as a "net activist"
>> > broadcasting content online and around the world.
>> > This exhibition will present an installation centered
>> > around the net/video work of DVblogH4ck:
>> >  > http://dvblogh4ck.blogspot.com/
>> >
>> > http://theartgalleryofknoxville.com/jimpunk1.gif
>> >  > The work will be on view in the Gallery May 1 - 26,
>> > Friday and Saturday (3-8pm).  Please join us for the
>> > opening party Friday May 4.
>> >  > jimpunk has participated in various international new media 
>> festivals, including Rhizome Artbase 101 for New Museum of 
>> Contemporary Art, runme.org festival, European Media Art Festival, 
>> break21_6th International Festival of Young Emerging Artists, 
>> FILE-2002 electronic language international festival, Impakt Festival 
>> 2002, machida museum art on the net 2002. Winner of the 
>> CYNETart_award 2004 -Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau in 2004.
>> >  > His work may be found in the 2004 book "Internet Art" by Rachel 
>> Greene, published by Thames & Hudson.
>> >
>> > for more information on jimpunk:
>> >
>> > http://www.jimpunk.com/info/jimpunk_bio.txt
>> >     >  > The image
>> >
>> > "jimpunk, is a talented and elegant artist who capitalises
>> > on the Rococo potentialities of HTML, JavaScript and Flash
>> > to create sites of infinite variability, detail and unending
>> > surprise. His works have been perfectly described by
>> > Tricia Fragnito as 'a web version of a roller coaster ride:
>> > scary and fun and at the end you want to go again.' "
>> >  > "In true networked style, jimpunk often works collaboratively
>> > across geographical space, and produces sites which
>> > exploit the unique experience of net browsing. He
>> > embraces the pixel and what some would call "bad web
>> > design" using web safe colour, pop up and flashing graphics
>> > in works like www.-reverse.-flash-.-.back-; and in one of my
>> > favourites the now offline www.nowar.nogame.org . Although
>> > his breed of network art may have had an early Jodi-esque
>> > influence, we can see from the intimate and poetic musing
>> > of 1n-0ut [meditation], it has grown up to be distinctively
>> > 'jimpunk.' "
>> >  > Melinda Rackham,2005-04-25
>> > Posted to http://rhizome.org/thread.rhiz?thread=17114&page=1
>> >
>> > *********************
>> >  > photography project with migrant farmworker youth
>> > and local 4-H children in rural TN
>> >
>> > playing three miles of wall along the Arizona/Sonora
>> > border as an electro-acoustic instrument
>> >
>> > Curated by Jane Crowe
>> > *********************
>> > The Art Gallery of Knoxville
>> > 317 N Gay St.
>> > Knoxville, TN 37917
>> > TEL: +1 978 857 0474
>> > www.theartgalleryofknoxville.com
>> >
>> >
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