The net.NET – netart features I-V 2007/2008
are launched in the framework of NewMediaFest2007 and its installation on
DIGITAL MEDIA Valencia 2008
17 April – 10 May 2008 at La Nau Valencia/Spain
Seven Ways for Saying Internet with Netart
curated by Elena Giulia Rossi
C.F.Yeh, Santiago Ortiz
Juliet Davis, Free Soil
Seven Ways for Saying Internet with Net Art
Elena Giulia Rossi
Since its inception, net art has always been referring to its own medium. The seven works selected, created in different times, address different facets of the nature of Internet, from the social perception of the self and of the body in relation to technology, to the potential impact that this medium can have on society, mostly when art is concerned.The relationship between nature art and representation of the self with the flow of information is synthesized in the hybrid portrait of Deus Fleurs by the French artist Reynald Drouhin.
Generative processes as art are the core of C.J. Yeh’s Equal where personal data generate modernist-like paintings. Sound and space in relation to dynamics and energy are the subject of Santiago Ortiz’s Sound and Energy where Internet is treated as a canvas for dynamic and interactive sketches.
Molleindustria’s works, a collective engaged in the creation of original games aimed to rise political concerns are excellent examples of how games, and Internet as a vehicle to foster them, can ease issues otherwise difficult to face. Mc Donald’s Videogame is a courageous critique of the McDonald’s brand and of the functioning of its corporation, at the origin of remarkable ecological damages. It is through the game that Juliet Davis explores in Pieces of Herself feminine embodiment and its relation to real and virtual space. A game is also involved in Iconoclast Game by Lorenzo Pizzanelli: through irony and play the author gives a critical view of the power of images and of the museums that make them sacred.
F.R.U.I.T., engaged in the shaping of an on-line community to encourage cultivation within urban areas, is a project where the network activity is art. It makes clear that net art is “action” and it is closer to performing than any other art practice.
Elena Giulia Rossi works and lives in Rome where she has been collaborating with MAXXI – museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo since 2002.
In 1999 she achieved her degree at the University of Rome La Sapienza with a major in History of Contemporary Art. In 2002 she graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a Master of Arts in Arts Administration. She collaborated with P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (summer 2001), and at The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago (spring 2002).
In 2003 she published in Italian Archeonet. Viaggio nella storia della net/web art e suo ingresso negli spazi dei musei tradizionali (Lalli Editore, Siena). Archeonet was revised by contemporary art magazines such as “Arte e Critica” (n. 35/36, ottobre – dicembre 2003, p.89); “Next Exit” (n. 13, december 2003, p.50) and the online magazine “Neural.it” specialized in new media (19 aprile 2005). In 2005 she was Editor of Eduardo Kac, Move 36 (Filigranes Editions, Parigi 2005).
She was invited to be part of the Jury for the Award Netizens II (Galleria Sala 1, Rome 2004), and for the award Premio di Arte Digitale (DARC – Direzione generale per l’Arte e l’Architettura Contemporanee and Fondazione Rosselli, Rome 2005).
She was invited to give lectures an seminars at the University of Siena in the Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte (Siena, 2003-2004-2005), at the Polish Institute (Rome, 2006), at the International conference “Artech Media” (Madrid, 2007).
In 2006 she curated Food in Bytes within Time in Jazz Festival (Berchidda, Sardegna) and She Devils (Studio Stefania Miscetti, Roma).
Since 2005 she has been curating a section dedicated to net/web art at MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome. She regularly writes for the on-line edition of the Italian newspaper “L’Unita”.
Netart Features 2007
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne