Dr. Michael Delahoyde
Washington State University
A.k.a. Web Art, Interactive Art.
“An aesthetic of poaching, tricking, reading, speaking, strolling, shopping, desiring” (Garcia & Lovink, qtd. in Dempsey 286).
Dempsey asks if Internet Art puts an end to styles in art, or the end of “-isms” (286)? There can be perhaps no more evolutionary sequence of avant-garde movements because of the freedom allowed artists and viewers with this form.
Soon after the spread of the WWW — from 1989 when British scientist Timothy Berners-Lee (1955- ), to aid physicists at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, launched it — the Web became a forum for art. Post-Communist East Europeans were “among the earliest participants” (Dempsey 286).
Internet Art seems to be a very democratic art form, and can be interactive. Viewers can create their own multimedia montages with “ultimate ‘authorship’ open to question” (Dempsey 286).
Olia Lialina (1971- ) — Russian — www.teleportica.org/war
My Boyfriend Came Back From the War (1996)
Personal and political history is at the forefront, as the viewer creates the sequence for different versions of a doomed love affair.
Heath Bunting — British systems analyst.
Irational.org (1994- )
Supplying phone numbers of 36 phone booths around a railway station in London, Bunting invited viewers to call and chat to commuters; it was a matter of sociability and anarchy injected into the business routine (Dempsey 286).
Here are links to a few Internet Art sites (as of Spring 2006):
Artists at this site tend to make the html visible or find other ways to show the chaos of technology.
#6, #7, and #26 are recommended.
This is an internet art gallery listing multiple art exhibits including a site by Darcey Steinke who wrote Suicide Blonde.
Additionally, some older sites:
Peter Stanick (1953- ) — www.stanick.com — Pop Art.
Jake Tilson (1958- )
The Cooker (1994- ) — www.thecooker.com
An eclectic assortment of found objects, photos, background noise from restaurants, and statistics for the viewer to play with, all on the theme of food.
Jenny HolzerPlease Change Beliefs — invites viewers to improve truisms. (“Expiring for love is beautiful but stupid.”) Interactive.
“As the internet is integrated with television, and viewed on a larger screen in a more comfortable atmosphere, one challenge for Internet Art will be its new relationship and association with television, video and entertainment” (Dempsey 288).
Dempsey, Amy. Art in the Modern Era: A Guide to Styles, Schools & Movements. NY: Harry N. Abrams Inc., Pub., 2002. 286-288.