Summer 2019

After following the development of art and culture in the context of the Internet since 1993 I am still fascinated: there seems to be no end to the sometimes surprising transformations in art and art criticism in this ever expanding field. The boundaries between media art and contemporary art, if they ever existed, are dissolving. Let's enjoy this moment together.


 Early photo of the Open Space artist initiative in Victoria, Canada, an important hub in the history of telecommunication art.

Though I have not updated this site in a while I have still been busy. First and foremost the research project around the late Robert Adrian's The World in 24 Hours is culminating in a panel presentation and exhibition at this year's Ars Electronica Festival. On Thursday September 5th in the afternoon there will be a special focus conference on the deep history of media art, with special attention for networked projects. I will be interviewing the legendary Bill Bartlett, organizer of Interplay, the first online conference for artists in 1979, live on stage. Bill Bartlett worked from the artist initiative Open Space in Victoria, Canada. Materials from the Open Space archive relevant to The World in 24 Hours will be presented in Ars Electronica's 40 Years Lounge, an exhibition dedicated to especially networked art in light of the Ars Electronica Festival's 40 years anniversary. I am thrilled this is all coming together and thank the Stimuleringsfonds voor Creatieve Industrie for having made my research possible! Other things I have been working on have come to their conclusion. The Dutch Digital Art Canon, for which I was an advisor, for example was launched in March this year during the annual Transformation Digital Art symposium at LIMA in Amsterdam. Unfortunately I could not be there because I was in New York giving a presentation in light of Rhizome's Net Art Anthology project. My presentation resulted in The World in 24 Hours becoming part of the Net Art Anthology. The text I wrote for the impressive Net Art Anthology catalog/book also refers to Adrian's seminal work. You can order this packed book from the Rhizome website. Besides also writing I have also given a lecture in V2_'s media art for beginners course, where I discovered a new hunger to learn about all things media art and net art related. Students came from across the country! It was great to see such enthusiasm, and I thank Alex Falk and Arie Altena from V2_ for organizing this, and artist Jan Robert Leegte for his great artist presentation during the event.