“Internet Art” by Rachel Greene shows how artists have used online technologies to engage with the traditions of art history, to create new forms of art, and to move beyond the artistic realm. When the Internet emerged as a mass global communication network in the mid-1990s, artists immediately recognized the exciting possibilities for creative innovation that came with it.
This book will show how the shifts in information technologies that began during the 1990s have affected, impacted on and, in turn, been influenced by artistic practices. Internet art is sometimes viewed by the establishment as emblematic of how we live now, but at other times is taken as derivative, immature art practice. For curators and viewers who take an interest in internet art, the field represents fresh aesthetic possibilities and contribute to contemporary art contemporary art discourse . For those who do not support it, internet art is often thought to lack of craft and and challenge the authentic meaningful art.
It is important to explore parallels between net art and ideas in the work of earlier artists and movements – for example, Nam June Park’s (b. 1932) Participation TV (1963), which took the television, traditionally a broadcast platform, and shaped it into an interactive canvas. Paik’s apparatus for reception and production prefigured browser art , which treats browsers as fodder for experimentation.