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Announcing the 10 Artists Shortlisted for the Prix Net Art

Given the framing of the prize and knowing many of the names that were submitted, this is a real Marmite list.

But I guess you can't please all of the people all of the time.

Will there be another round next year?



Video of Post Net Aesthetics is Now Online

Just for the sake of clarity, as Michael says I was making air quotes and referring explicitly to 'contemporary art' - as in, work that already resides within the canon, that is bought, sold and traded. In a 7 minute presentation as part of a panel, there really isn't the time to unpack statements such as these, our definitions will inevitably differ.

I personally define 'contemporary art' as that which is recognised and canonised, this isn't an elitest notion, because to be clear, I consider the aspirations to such as more of a slur on the production of meaning, than positive identification. Your definition is likely to be different - but asking 'is it art' along these lines and particularly in respect to things like http://thing.net/ is a straw man argument that is unlikely to get us anywhere.

I think many reading Rhizome and those participating in this scene will be able to recollect a moment in time prior to 2006 when the net wasn't swamped by things like contemporary art daily and to have a page dedicated to your own work was more an oddity than it was a standard.

This point can be reiterated when you consider that it is only since 2010 that artists from blue chip galleries have begun to recognise the necessity of having a personal website. Many still don't.

If there are sites that I have grossly overlooked, that have for a significant period prior to 2006 aggregated the detritus of the Art World proper, I would be more than happy to rescind my point :-)... Accountable enough?

More generally I kind of disagree with this idea "Culture is too important to be fast and loose with the facts, or worse yet, to possibly be innocent of them." - I think the idea that we should rely on the historian and professionalised telling of how culture is constructed by expects is far more problematic than a messy, contradictory onslaught of thoughts, ideas and opinions. I may though be opening a can of worms... but see 'radical monopoly', particularly in respect to 'Education': http://www.preservenet.com/theory/Illich/IllichTools.html