[NetBehaviour] *** SPAM *** Distant, a new Net Art work by Marc Garrett.
aabrahams at bram.org
Thu Feb 21 16:14:41 CET 2008
Please keep us informed Marc,
I am glad you decided to return
ps For those interested I will try to write a small text about
economie0 next weekend.
On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 3:40 PM, marc garrett
<marc.garrett at furtherfield.org> wrote:
> Distant, a new Net Art work by Marc Garrett.
> Statement about why I am Making Net Art Once More:
> I have been going through some changes regarding what type of personal,
> individual artwork that I wish to explore these days. Even though I am
> involved in various high-tech projects which are mainly collaborations,
> that are related to larger projects. I wish to return to making Net Art,
> reconnect to what has always been my favourite form of creativity and
> The reasons that I have decided to do this is, because I feel that it is
> time for me to re-explore what Net Art can really be now, as part of my
> varied practice. Times have changed, Net Art is dead as far as many
> others have been concerned, who originally made useful careers in
> writing about it and becoming 'heroic' artists from it. I intend to
> rebuild my own practice on an Art that was killed by its own culture.
> Those who loved it also decided to kill it even though other Net Artists
> around at that time were still making it, less considered in regard to
> the repercussions of what it meant to them and culture as a whole. For
> me, history is really not enough to define a creative culture as
> magnificent and dynamic as Net Art. It may be fine for those who were
> represented at that time, but surely there are even moments of doubt, a
> lingering spectre that says that it all went wrong. I feel that those
> few who were selected to be part of the (ironic) 'Heroic Period', have
> limited their own expansion. I know that many who have made Net Art in
> the past do not wish to be left behind, lost in the history books, as
> ghosts and may find this interesting themselves, as well as a budding
> contemporary generation of new Net Artists.
> Rather than be part of a past mythology, I wish to be part of current
> reality. I am of course very aware of the contemporary technologies that
> control the Internet via corporate means, and how the rabid thirst of
> those who wish to be technologically determined, by this mannerist
> behaviour, are more interested in being led by others who are not
> interested in Art, and rather are more interested in being in positions
> of power over Media Art culture, via creative industry imposed
> protocols. To me, on the whole it says more about spectacle and how
> money is dictating people's intentions and causing diversions from
> seeing what is of value culturally. As far as I am concerned, it is more
> important to make Art.
> Perhaps Net Art was destined to die, may be it had to die so that others
> could explore their own perceptions, reasons and creative voices without
> the pressure of having to conform to dictates that proposed ideas which
> in reality meant nothing to many Net Artists out there, other than to
> those who instigated such power-related gestures in the first place.
> So, even though I am not expecting any great come back of a new Net Art
> consciousness from my own future ventures in reclaiming a practice that
> I believe was killed before its time, mistakenly. I am asking those who
> had decided to moved away from making Net Art (some of course moved on
> naturally) to respect my decision in embarking in something that was and
> is still an expression that I feel offers the world, contemporary
> experiences and ideas, that are still unique which can be given a second
> chance by actively and consciously engaging in the now.
> For me, because there is no longer the hype about a new Internet and
> because it is a time of trouble in respect of economy depressions around
> the world, as well as many people only exploring technology for the sake
> of it, and because we need to be more ecological in our practices. We
> also need to come to terms in re-evaluating why we are doing what we do
> now, and how can we reclaim our creative histories and voices in a way
> that has more meaning, rather than through processes of mechanistic and
> personality driven motives alone. I want to build something that does
> not just reflect me being a slave to technology, corporate control and
> traditional Art world agendas. The Art will have its own voice on its
> own terms
> The latest work 'Distant' is not trying to be clever via the technology,
> it is Art. An object, a contemporary piece that is well aware that it is
> no longer in fashion. Therefore, it is authentic.
> marc garrett
> Other Related News:
> On the 29th of this month, Ruth Catlow and myself are going on an
> artists residency at Banff, Canada. Through the whole of the month
> during March, we will both be collaborating to make new Net Art
> together. It will include open source and it will involve much coding.
> As we explore the possibilities of using contemporary resources that can
> be used for our Net Art practice, we will set up a portal or blog that
> displays our research as it happens. As well as the Art that we both
> We are, of course interested to hear from those who are also re-engaging
> in the making of Net Art, using free software, free media, open source
> materials as well as their own ideas about it. It is an exciting time
> for us, what is there to lose but gaining the pleasure of doing what we
> really want to do:-)
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