Date sent: Fri, 31 May 96 03:00 MDT
From: Pit Schultz
Subject: nettime: The net.artists (fwd)

Date: Fri, 24 May 1996 16:36:48 +0100
From: vuk cosic

The net.artists

On a tiny site, Site, are the works of a few activists known by the name of net.artists. is not, as is generally thought, the art of putting everything in the form of a net.

In 1995, Bunting showed a few www art works in which there were some simply and firmly woven webs that gave the public the illusion of these nets, whence the name of our youngest school of www art works. This school has already aroused passionate discussion. can in no way be considered a systematic doctrine; it does, however, constitute a school, and the activists who make up this school want to transform their www art works by returning to first principles with regard to online inspiration, just as the media.artists - and many of the net.artists were at one time media.artists - returned to first principles with regard to interface composition.

However, the public, accustomed as it is to the brilliant but practically formless daubs of the post-modernists, refused to recognize at first glance the greatness of the formal conceptions of the net.artists. People were shocked to see contrasts between dark backgrounds and light hotlinks, because they were used to seeing only www art works without shadows. In the monumental appearance of compositions that go beyond the frivolities of contemporary art, the public has refused to see what is really there: a noble and restrained art ready to undertake the vast subjects for which post-modernism had left media artists totally unprepared. is a necessary reaction that will give rise to great works, whether people like it or not. For is it possible, can anyone believe for an instant, that the undeniable efforts of these young artists will remain sterile? I will even go further, and without underestimating the talents of all sorts that are manifest at the per se, I will say that is the most noble undertaking in www art today.