One of the programs in Rhizome's New Silent Series at the New Museum, Net Aesthetics 2.0, examined the state of contemporary art engaged with internet art. Convening leading artists, critics and curators, this panel explored salient topics such as the relationship of artists emerging now to the first generation of internet art, the correspondence between online art and offline exhibition (as well as the phenomenon of "internet aware" art), the current role of the artist on the internet, the position of explicit political content in internet art (and the question of whether internet art practice is undergoing a more "formalist" phase), among other directions and challenges faced by this expansive field.
This talk was the second in a series of Net Aesthetics 2.0 events. Panelists included artists Petra Cortright, Jennifer and Kevin Mccoy, Tom Moody, Tim Whidden and Damon Zucconi and was moderated by curator, critic and Rhizome staff writer Ed Halter.
Audio recording of the event:
- Rhizome Discussion: Net Ae 2.0 postmortem
- Rhizome Discussion: When you go surfclubbin', don't forget your hat
- Paddy from Art Fag City published a review of the Net Aesthetics 2.0 panel, followed by a long and detailed comparison between the major points of discussion from both 2006 and 2008.Net Aesthetics 2.0, The Long of It