Post Internet

by Gene McHugh

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In a March 2008 interview with RĂ©gine Debatty on the We Make Money Not Art blog, Marisa Olson suggests that, on the one hand, internet art is going mainstream, but, on the other hand, contemporary art is going Internet.

RD: You are also a curator, both independently and as part of your activities at Rhizome. Your curating often deals with new media art pieces. What are the challenges of curating and exhibiting works of new media art today?

MO: I think that there is presently a very exciting turn happening in new media, with respect to both the art world and the context of “traditional media.” It used to be very important to carve out a separate space in which to show, discuss, and teach new media. Nowadays these spaces are sometimes seen as ghettos, but at the time, they were safe havens championing under-recognized forms. Things are more co-mingled now. Not everyone will agree with me about this, but I think it’s great that some people no longer even know new media when they see it. I know curators who turn their nose up at that phrase, but they love Cory Arcangel or Paul Pfeiffer. There doesn’t seem to be a need to distinguish, any more, whether technology was used in making the work–afterall, everything is a technology, and everyone uses technology to do everything. What is even more interesting is the way in which people are starting to make what I’ve called â€śPost-Internet” art in my own work (such as my Monitor Tracings), or what Guthrie Lonergan recently called â€śInternet Aware Art.” I think it’s important to address the impacts of the internet on culture at large, and this can be done well on networks but can and should also exist offline. Of course, it’s an exciting challenge to explain to someone how this is still internet art… If that really matters… [...]

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  • Publication

    A Project of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program

  • Date of Publication

    December 2009 - September 2010

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