At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet

Annmarie Chandler, Norie Neumark

  • 出版商: MIT
  • 出版日期: 2005-02-18
  • 定價: $1,240
  • 售價: 1.6$199
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 496
  • 裝訂: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 0262033283
  • ISBN-13: 9780262033282

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Networked collaborations of artists did not begin on the Internet. In this multidisciplinary look at the practice of art that takes place across a distance -- geographical, temporal, or emotional -- theorists and practitioners examine the ways that art, activism, and media fundamentally reconfigured each other in experimental networked projects of the 1970s and 1980s. By providing a context for this work -- showing that it was shaped by varying mixes of social relations, cultural strategies, and political and aesthetic concerns -- At a Distance effectively refutes the widely accepted idea that networked art is technologically determined. Doing so, it provides the historical grounding needed for a more complete understanding of today's practices of Internet art and activism and suggests the possibilities inherent in networked practice.

At a Distance traces the history and theory of such experimental art projects as Mail Art, sound and radio art, telematic art, assemblings, and Fluxus. Although the projects differed, a conceptual questioning of the "art object," combined with a political undermining of dominant art institutional practices, animated most distance art. After a section that sets this work in historical and critical perspective, the book presents artists and others involved in this art "re-viewing" their work -- including experiments in "mini-FM," telerobotics, networked psychoanalysis, and interactive book construction. Finally, the book recasts the history of networks from the perspectives of politics, aesthetics, economics, and cross-cultural analysis.

Annmarie Chandler is Director of Emerging Field in New Media and Digital Culture at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Norie Neumark is Associate Professor of Media Arts and Production at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.


Table of Contents:

Series Foreword ix
Joel Slayton
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: Relays, Delays, and Distance
Norie Neumark
I Critical Perspectives on Distance Art/Activist Practices 26
1 Interactive, Algorithmic, Networked: Aesthetics of New Media Art
Johanna Drucker
2 Immaterial Material: Physicality, Corporality, and Dematerialization in Telecommunication Artworks
Tilman Baumgärtel
3 From Representation to Networks: Interplays of Visualities, Apparatuses, Discourses, Territories and Bodies
Reinhard Braun; Translated by Cecilia White
4 The Mail Art Exhibition: Personal Worlds to Cultural Strategies
John Held, Jr.
5 Fluxus Praxis: An Exploration of Connections, Creativity, and Community
Owen F. Smith
II Artists/Activists Re-view Their Projects 140
6 Animating the Social: Mobile Image/Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz
Annmarie Chandler
7 An Unsuspected Future in Broadcasting: Negativland
Don Joyce
8 Mini-FM: Performing Microscopic Distance (an Email Interview with Tetsuo Kogawa)
Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark
9 From the Gulf War to the Battle of Seattle: Building an International Alternative Media
Jesse Drew
10 The Form: 1970-1979 and Other Extemporaneous Anomalous Assemblings
Melody Sumner Carnahan
11 Networked Psychoanalysis: A Dialogue with Anna Freud Banana
Craig Saper
12 From Mail Art to Telepresence: Communication at a Distance in the Works of Paulo Bruscky and Eduardo Kac
Simone Osthoff
13 Distance Makes the Art Grow Further: Distributed Authorship and Telematic Textuality in La Plissure du Texte
Roy Ascott
14 From BBS to Wireless: A Story of Art in Chips
Andrew Garton
15 REALTIME -- Radio Art, Telematic Art, and Telerobotics: Two Examples
Heidi Grundmann
III Networking Art/Activist Practices 336
16 Estri-Dentistas: Taking the Teeth out of Futurism
Maria Fernandez
17 Computer Network Music Bands: A History of the League of Automatic Music Composers and the Hub
Chris Brown and John Bischoff
18 Assembling Magazines and Alternative Artists' Networks
Stephen Perkins
19 The Wealth and Poverty of Networks
Ken Friedman
20 From Internationalism to Transnations: Networked Art and Activism
Sean Cubitt
Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark
Timeline 444
List of Contributors 470
Index 476