[NetBehaviour] TRANS.FORM.WORK | CONT3XT.NET.NEWS #02.09

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TRANS.FORM.WORK | THREE CASE STUDIES OF INTERNET-BASED ART IN THE REAL SPACE
By Sabine Hochrieser, carlos katastrofsky (Michael Kargl), Franz Thalmair

http://cont3xt.net/blog/?p=1270

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The essay was presented at the 3RD INCLUSIVA-NET MEETING: "NET.ART (SECOND
EPOCH). The Evolution of Artistic Creation in the Net-system.", organised by
Medialab-Prado Madrid and Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires. All
presentations will be available online (English/Spanish) soon.

http://medialab-prado.es/inclusiva-net

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"Translation is a mode." (Walter Benjamin) - Why is it still easier to get
an entire museum collection on the Internet than to get a single work of
Internet-based Art in a museum space? As with the nature of this question,
both aspects have to be taken into account: the field of Internet-based Art
with its media-specifics, as well as the mechanisms which allow institutions
to continue to filter what the public at large understands to be art. Within
this balancing act between independent/anti-institutional and
institutional/commercial work, a transfer of artworks created in and for the
Internet into a setting which is normally dedicated to the presentation of
highly valued forms of art, can only be developed from case to case and
according to what the typology of the actual artwork requires.
Internet-based Art is in a constant shift between the daily news and its own
history, between commercial/political interests and the activism against it,
between technological innovation and the cultural context, technology is
embedded in and finally it oscillates between an expanded field of artistic
practices and its well defined precursors - many reasons why it is stuck in
a home-made ghetto between "the two cultures". In this regard, the essay
TRANS.FORM.WORK reflects upon strategies of how artistic creation on the
Internet and the translational processes of its re-formulation in the real
space can be combined to develop appropriate presentational modes, suitable
for both sides and finally dissolving the still existing dichotomies in
favour of interdisciplinary discourse.

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