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At a Distance : Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet - Annmarie Chandler

At a Distance

Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet

By: Annmarie Chandler (Editor), Norie Neumark (Editor), Roger F. Malina (Editor), Sean Cubitt (Editor)

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Networked collaborations of artists did not begin on the Internet. In this multidisciplinary look at the practice of art that takes place across a distance -- geographical, temporal, or emotional -- theorists and practitioners examine the ways that art, activism, and media fundamentally reconfigured each other in experimental networked projects of the 1970s and 1980s. By providing a context for this work -- showing that it was shaped by varying mixes of social relations, cultural strategies, and political and aesthetic concerns -- At a Distance effectively refutes the widely accepted idea that networked art is technologically determined. Doing so, it provides the historical grounding needed for a more complete understanding of today's practices of Internet art and activism and suggests the possibilities inherent in networked practice.At a Distance traces the history and theory of such experimental art projects as Mail Art, sound and radio art, telematic art, assemblings, and Fluxus. Although the projects differed, a conceptual questioning of the "art object," combined with a political undermining of dominant art institutional practices, animated most distance art. After a section that sets this work in historical and critical perspective, the book presents artists and others involved in this art "re-viewing" their work -- including experiments in "mini-FM," telerobotics, networked psychoanalysis, and interactive book construction. Finally, the book recasts the history of networks from the perspectives of politics, aesthetics, economics, and cross-cultural analysis.

"The book is an exhilarating, eye-opening read that restores the body to the virtual and pulls the virtual out of the digital and back into lived and produced social relations." - Patricia R. Zimmermann, Department of Cinema and Photography, Ithaca College"

Series Forewordp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Relays, Delays, and Distancep. 2
Critical Perspectives on Distance Art/Activist Practices
Interactive, Algorithmic, Networked: Aesthetics of New Media Artp. 34
Immaterial Material: Physicality, Corporality, and Dematerialization in Telecommunication Artworksp. 60
From Representation to Networks: Interplays of Visualities, Apparatuses, Discourses, Territories and Bodiesp. 72
The Mail Art Exhibition: Personal Worlds to Cultural Strategiesp. 88
Fluxus Praxis: An Exploration of Connections, Creativity, and Communityp. 116
Artists/Activists Re-view Their Projects
Animating the Social: Mobile Image/Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitzp. 152
An Unsuspected Future in Broadcasting: Negativlandp. 176
Mini-FM: Performing Microscopic Distance (an Email Interview with Tetsuo Kogawa)p. 190
From the Gulf War to the Battle of Seattle: Building an International Alternative Mediap. 210
The Form: 1970-1979 and Other Extemporaneous Anomalous Assemblingsp. 226
Networked Psychoanalysis: A Dialogue with Anna Freud Bananap. 246
From Mail Art to Telepresence: Communication at a Distance in the Works of Paulo Bruscky and Eduardo Kacp. 260
Distance Makes the Art Grow Further: Distributed Authorship and Telematic Textuality in La Plissure du Textep. 282
From BBS to Wireless: A Story of Art in Chipsp. 298
Realtime -- Radio Art, Telematic Art, and Telerobotics: Two Examplesp. 314
Networking Art/Activist Practices
Estri-Dentistas: Taking the Teeth out of Futurismp. 342
Computer Network Music Bands: A History of the League of Automatic Music Composers and the Hubp. 372
Assembling Magazines and Alternative Artists' Networksp. 392
The Wealth and Poverty of Networksp. 408
From Internationalism to Transnations: Networked Art and Activismp. 424
Conclusionp. 438
Timelinep. 444
List of Contributorsp. 470
Indexp. 476
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ISBN: 9780262033282
ISBN-10: 0262033283
Series: Leonardo Book Series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 18th February 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 17.8  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 1.07