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Title At a distance : precursors to art and activism on the Internet / edited by Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark
Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 486 pages) : illustrations
Series Leonardo
Leonardo (Series) (Cambridge, Mass.)
Contents Interactive, algorithmic, networked : aesthetics of new media art / Johanna Drucker -- Immaterial material : physicality, corporality, and dematerialization in telecommunication artworks / Tilman Baumgärtel -- From representation to networks : interplays of visualities, apparatuses, discourses, territories and bodies / Reinhard Braun -- The mail art exhibition : personal worlds to cultural strategies / John Held, Jr. -- Fluxus praxis : an exploration of connections, creativity, and community / Owen F. Smith -- Animating the social : mobile image/Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz / Annmarie Chandler -- An unsuspected future in broadcasting : negativland / Don Joyce -- Mini-FM : performing microscopic distance (an e-mail interview with Tetsuo Kogawa) / Tetsuo Kogawa with Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark -- From the Gulf War to the Battle of Seattle : building an international alternative media network / Jesse Drew -- The form : 1970-1979 and other extemporaneous anomalous assemblings / Melody Sumner Carnahan -- Networked psychoanalysis : a dialogue with Anna Freud Banana / Craig Saper -- From mail art to telepresence : communication at a distance in the works of Paulo Bruscky and Eduardo Kac / Simone Osthoff -- Distance makes the art grow further : distributed authorship and telematic textuality in La plissure du texte / Roy Ascott -- From BBS to wireless : a story of art in chips / Andrew Garton -- REALTIME : radio art, telematic art, and telerobotics : two examples / Heidi Grundmann -- Estri-dentistas : taking the teeth out of futurism / María Fernández -- Computer network music bands : a history of the league of automatic music composers and the hub / Chris Brown and John Bischoff -- Assembling magazines and alternative artists' networks / Stephen Perkins --The wealth and poverty of networks / Ken Friedman -- From internationalism to transnations : networked art and activism / Sean Cubitt
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Art and society.
Art and telecommunication.
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
Author Chandler, Annmarie.
Neumark, Norie.
LC no. 2004057856
ISBN 0262033283 (alk. paper)
0262270145 (electronic bk.)
0262532859 (paperback)
1282098101 (MyiLibrary)
1423796543 (electronic bk.)
9780262033282 (alk. paper)
9780262270144 (electronic bk.)
9780262532853 (paperback)
9781282098107 (MyiLibrary)
9781423796541 (electronic bk.)