Art and The Internet

The sometimes esoteric art world has arguably benefited from the unparalleled and booming voice of the internet since the ‘90s.


Black Dog Publishing has set about looking at art existing on and influenced by the Internet in a new book edited by Phoebe Adler and designed by João Mota.

Art and The Internet finds that since the ‘90s the internet has defined new genres of practitioners, from those making networked online art in the early days to interactive and participatory works more recently.

Aram Bartholl - Map 'Recontre Arles From Here On'  Anne Foures

Source: Anne Foures

Aram Bartholl – Map ‘Recontre Arles From Here On’ Anne Foures

Meanwhile the internet has globalised art, connecting different art regions, and yet raised and challenged issues like the art commerce machine and issues of copyright.

Essays in the book tackle the history, development and future of art and the internet while showing how global art worlds use the internet for the likes of activism, voyeurism, and marketing.

Eva and franco Mattes - My Generation - 2010
Eva and franco Mattes – My Generation – 2010

Arguments are raised that the internet either has, or hasn’t changed the ‘art world,’ and although it’s difficult to come down on one side you may feel it has changed forever, given the context of the rest of the book.

There are chapters dedicated to topics including surveillance-related work, internet-enabled participatory work, post-internet art (that which involves some non-digital elements).

Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung - 2002

Source: Kenneth Hung and Dr Optimator

Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung – 2002

Art and The Internet is published by Black Dog Publishing in February, edited by Phebe Adler, and designed by João Mota priced £19.95

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