:: Sunday, February 15, 2004 ::
ORIGINAL POST: Tue Feb 03, 12:07:11 PM
BY: Eduardo Navas
Carlo Zanni claims to have successfully sold a net art work as an art gallery object. Altar boy, in essence, is a computer server that can function as a sculpture in the gallery that when connected to the net offers access to net projects developed by the artist. Zanni is interested in specific questions on art as a private and/or public sphere:
How successful this attempt at commercializing net art will be is hard to tell at this point, but what should be noticed is the honest interest by Zanni to market a medium that, to this day, has proven to be a bit hard to sell through commercial galleries. And while artists have a tendency to crititique the market in which they function, Zanni is embracing the possibility of full-on commodification of net art, while also claiming a critical position. How critical such position is becomes the real question.
ORIGINAL POST: Tue Feb 03, 01:21:47 PM
BY: Peter Luining
In addition to Eduardo Navas's mail [above] about Zanni who claims to have sold a net art work as an art gallery object. I want to repost here part of an email I sent last week to nettime as a response to Cornelia Sollfrank's message that a work of her was purchased by one of Germany's most important private collections "the Sammlung Volksfuersorge".
After my response net artist Valery Grancher sent me the following list of some other net art purchases:
For the record:
Through net art gallery artcart.de I sold up till now 17 works. 14 x the work titled 6.382.514.297 3x the work titled 6.210.041.345. For both works I used a shareware strategy. Read all about it in this announcer from 24 march 2000 to nettime-bold.
ORIGINAL POST: Fri Jan 23, 01:20:51 PM
BY: Garrett Lynch
The GooglePoweredGoggleBox is the latest offering from Sam Woolf who I reviewed last November (18/11/03) for his Generative SoundTracker. Sam is one of many people floating around a lesser known gathering of people working from southern England under the guise of Blip (sci / art forum). Regularly meeting, showing and discussion new media art works the group is...
Sam Woolf's piece, the GooglePoweredGoggleBox is, like his last work, a generative application that produces linear content. This time the application focuses on producing videos, rather than soundtracks to videos as before, and it does this by assembling images compiled through a keyword search of Google's image search function that it then manipulates.
Now while we have the obvious scenario that this is a generative work and we can make connections between it and the work of Brian Eno etc. etc. What's more interesting is that this is an artwork that produces art works. The linear video art works it produces reflect the state of the network at any one time as composed / compiled collectively by it mass of users and could be said to be artefact's indicating social / cultural / economic trends as experienced by the heavily digitized western world. The application itself, by being placed in the 'art' (without a doubt networked) domain becomes a dada'esque collection of process's to producing art, a software manifesto of sorts that is in itself art.
Sam Woolf's applications are truly software art at it best. De-mystifying art as an elitist form, enabling the viewer to relate / understand / contextualize the work as a totality and then use the work to create their own art, it breaks down barriers between art / form and viewer (or user here) to only further new media art as a truly independent and ground breaking practice.