Essays about Net Culture
Miklós Peternák: The Illusion of Initiative. On the last 20 Years of Media Art in Eastern and Central Europe
For art, the processes of transformation in Eastern Central Europe – strictly speaking, they cannot be seen as a whole – served not only as background, but also as their thematic area and sphere of activity. With respect to media art, artists initially asked the question of “with what?” and “how?”, and only later “what?” and “how?”. During this phase, comprehending network structures seemed more important than what was actually happening in individual facilities. A documentation of this period is still lacking, a self-historisation has yet to be accomplished. The search for a history is at the same time a search for identity: the productive power of creativity together with the reproductive power of documentation result in the emergence of a “history.”
Karin Ohlenschläger: Net Culture Today : The Development of Net Culture from the Perspective of Natural Science and Art
In the 21st century, a dynamic and variable network society is living in a densely intermeshed communications and data transport networks. The biosphere is an infosphere, an electrochemically coded data space. The task of art is to design new communications strategies and open, participatory spaces for action. Artists generate virtual data rooms and investigate the digital data flow onto the physical world. Net art and net culture are in transdisciplinary dialogue with each other.