Seven Ways To Say Internet with Net Art

JavaMuseum – Forum for Internet Technology in Contemporary Art
www.javamuseum.org
released recently the netart feature

“Seven Ways To Say Internet with Net Art” –
curated by Elena Giulia Rossi
www.javamuseum.org/2007/index1.html
including works by
Juliet Davis
Reinhald Drouhin
Free Soil (Amy Franceschini, Myriel Milicevic, Nis Rømer)
Molleindustria
Santiago Ortiz
C.J.Yeh
Lorenzo Pizzanelli


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Curatorial statement
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Seven Ways To Say Internet with Net Art
Elena Giulia Rossi

Since its inception, net art has always been referring to its own medium. The seven works selected, created in different times, address different facets of the nature of Internet, from the social perception of the self and of the body in relation to technology, to the potential impact that this medium can have on society, mostly when art is concerned.

The relationship between nature art and representation of the self with the flow of information is synthesized in the hybrid portrait of “Deus Fleurs” by the French artist Reynald Drouhin.

Generative processes as art are the core of C.J. Yeh’s “Equal” where personal data generate modernist-like paintings. Sound and space in relation to dynamics and energy are the subject of Santiago Ortiz’s “Sound and Energy” where Internet is treated as a canvas for dynamic and interactive sketches.

Molleindustria’s works, a collective engaged in the creation of original games aimed to rise political concerns are excellent examples of how games, and Internet as a vehicle to foster them, can ease issues otherwise difficult to face. “Mc Donald’s Videogame” is a courageous critique of the McDonald’s brand and of the functioning of its corporation, at the origin of remarkable ecological damages. It is through the game that Juliet Davis explores in “Pieces of Herself” feminine embodiment and its relation to real and virtual space. A game is also involved in Iconoclast Game by Lorenzo Pizzanelli: through irony and play the author gives a critical view of the power of images and of the museums that make them sacred.
F.R.U.I.T., engaged in the shaping of an on-line community to encourage cultivation within urban areas, is a project where the network activity is art. It makes clear that net art is “action” and it is closer to performing than any other art practice.

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About the curator

Elena Giulia Rossi works and lives in Rome/Italy as an independent curator. Since 2002, she has been collaborating with MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Art Rome/Italy, where she is curating since 2005 a section dedicated to net/web art. She regularly writes for the on-line edition of the Italian newspaper “L’Unità”.
Detailed bio on and.nmartproject.net/?p=1394

Detailed artists biographies

Juliet Davis (USA) – www.nmartproject.net/artists/?p=1401
Reinhald Drouhin (France) – www.nmartproject.net/artists/?p=1402
Free Soil (Amy Franceschini, Myriel Milicevic, Nis Rømer)
www.nmartproject.net/artists/?p=1403
Molleindustria (Italy) – www.nmartproject.net/artists/?p=1404
Santiago Ortiz (Colombia) – www.nmartproject.net/artists/?p=1405
C.J.Yeh (Taiwan) – www.nmartproject.net/artists/?p=1406
Lorenzo Pizzanelli (Italy) – www.nmartproject.net/artists/?p=1407