Last Real Net Art Museum

Wednesday, 01 March 2000


Last Real Net Art Museum

Olia Lialina's My Boyfriend Came Back From The War is a reflection on "wars" (literally and metaphorically) as well as communication and dissemination of information over the Web. Clicking on the images, comments, questions and statements in the frame structure causes a split of the frame (and conversation) into subdivisions of increasing complexity. 

The Last Real Net Art Museum used My Boyfriend Came Back... as a starting point and evolved into an archive of variations on the project, created by multiple artists. Within a network, data has the potential for seemingly endless recombination, recycling, and reproduction, and can be presented in various contexts. The Last Real Net Art Museum uses this intrinsic of the network for a reconfiguration of My Boyfriend Came Back... in various forms, from Flash to VRML, video and audio. The framing of the project as a last net art museum points to possibilities that traditionally aren't accomodated by museums as institutions--the infinite reconfigurations of information in an open system. This net art museum may be the "ultimate" one in that it conceptually allows for infinite expansion. It constitutes an alternative model that hopefully won't be the last one of its kind.

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