[NetBehaviour] #006 Re: UNDECISIVE CONTEXTS | CONT3XT.NET.NEWS #20.07

CONT3XT.NET cont3xt at cont3xt.net
Sun Dec 9 17:54:28 CET 2007

An E-mail Conversation with Mark Edward Grimm

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The net establishes its significance as artistic medium no longer in
specialized communities but has become dispersed more and more into contexts
commonly assigned to the "classical" art business. As a logical consequence
the coherence of these structures is broken up and infiltrated. Traditional
processes have been running along the line: Production of an
object-contextualisation as artwork-selling of it (eventually). For a few
years now, however, the question has been raised if the "fetish object" as
an artist's product is still acceptable. A basic principle of artistic
analysis is the inclusion of a reality which does not necessarily mean
descriptive realism but intellectual examination. Thus, can the examination
of realities by means of an object be more than mere decoration? As a role
model for a discursive medium, doesn't 'the net' need to replace the
"progress" (meaning a linear progress of an operating process resulting in
the manifestation with an object )?

In his works Mark E. Grimm covers different contexts which—evaluated by
conventional criterias—could be considered as undecisive. The collaborative
work in and outside the net, the study of the working processes and the
transfer of net-related working methods into real life are all practices
deliberately dealt with as artistic statements but rarely leave
material-related marks. Perhaps we observe here the reversal of the 90' s
Californian Ideology and its "Second Life": the reality is not subordinated
to the net but the net turns with its constant use into a part of the
reality. (Interview conducted by carlos katastrofsky in June 2007)

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