Sunday, June 15, 2008
Marcin Ramocki wrote an amazing list of talking points about Net Art 2.0, trying to delineate the thing or give it some structure or something. It's still a very uncharted practice in that the edges are completely blurred and there's still so many possibilities in the "medium." Critical writing about it is a double-edged sword in that it both helps those who haven't immersed themselves in it to understand the appeal and "catch up" with what's going on while helping artists solidify what they are trying to do either in relation or in opposition to a set of constraints. And that's the negative part of charting this territory, that in doing so, categories become fixed, the edges become more defined, and the crazy anything goes attitude it has held so far runs the risk of transforming into a strict model, or template for what Net Art is.