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Networked collaborations of artists didn't start on the web. In this multidisciplinary examine the perform of paintings that occurs throughout a distance -- geographical, temporal, or emotional -- theorists and practitioners research the ways in which paintings, activism, and media essentially reconfigured one another in experimental networked tasks of the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties. via supplying a context for this paintings -- exhibiting that it was once formed through various mixes of social family members, cultural recommendations, and political and aesthetic matters -- At a Distance successfully refutes the commonly authorized concept that networked artwork is technologically decided. Doing so, it presents the old grounding wanted for a extra entire figuring out of trendy practices of web artwork and activism and indicates the probabilities inherent in networked practice.At a Distance strains the historical past and conception of such experimental artwork initiatives as Mail paintings, sound and radio artwork, telematic artwork, assemblings, and Fluxus. even though the tasks differed, a conceptual wondering of the "art object," mixed with a political undermining of dominant artwork institutional practices, lively so much distance artwork. After a bit that units this paintings in historic and demanding viewpoint, the ebook offers artists and others fascinated by this paintings "re-viewing" their paintings -- together with experiments in "mini-FM," telerobotics, networked psychoanalysis, and interactive e-book building. eventually, the publication recasts the historical past of networks from the views of politics, aesthetics, economics, and cross-cultural analysis.

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26. 47. See, for instance, David T. Doris, “Zen Vaudeville: A Medi(t)ation in the Margins of Fluxus,” in The Fluxus Reader, ed. Ken Friedman (West Sussex, England: Academy, 1998), 91–135. 48. Giorgio Agamben, The Coming Community, trans. Michael Hardt (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993), 9. 49. , 1. Norie Neumark 24 Part I Critical Perspectives on Distance Art/Activist Practices This part of the volume provides critical frameworks for understanding distance art and activist projects.

These were fluid areas of activity, not legacy bound, and reaching to innovation didn’t require overcoming entrenched attitudes. 18 Where new media could be kept discrete as a novelty, it quickly found a niche. When comfortably limited by well-defined boundaries, new media gave fine art a contemporary style and techno-glamour that made it seem contemporary with the pop culture of the 1960s and disco tempo of the 1970s. The counterculture sensibility promoting independent alternatives to the monopolized control of mass media also provided an impetus for art committed to intervention in telecommunications.

When an artwork is conceived of as a set of conditions for perception, rather than as a discrete, bounded object, then the role of the participant is closer to that played in a quantum experiment. 32 Jack Burnham makes this distinction by contrasting George Rickey’s sculpture (which, with its beautifully balanced, independently moving arms, is a formal work in which kinetic effects merely rearrange the static elements) with Robert Breer’s Self-Propelled Styrofoam Floats. ” Burnham’s sensibility was given amplification in the exhibition he curated in 1970 for the Jewish Museum.

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