Approaching Abstraction

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The recently-founded Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research in Linz, Austria, supports research, archiving, and publication in the field of media art and theory. On September 10th, during this year's Ars Electronica Festival they will realize this mandate by organizing the panel Closeness vs Dislocation: Contextualising Net-Based Art. The star-studded list of speakers includes Ted Nelson, Lev Manovich, Marc Ries, Charlie Gere, Verena Kuni, Julian Stallabrass, Gunther Reisinger, and Dieter Daniels. This group will track the internet's development as an artistic medium, the relationship between networked practice and art history, and strategies of preserving internet art and the context from which it was borne.