At a Distance

Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet

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Networked collaborations of artists did not begin on the Internet. In this multidisciplinary look at the practice of art that takes place across a distance—geographical, temporal, or emotional—theorists and practitioners examine the ways that art, activism, and media fundamentally reconfigured each other in experimental networked projects of the 1970s and 1980s. By providing a context for this work—showing that it was shaped by varying mixes of social relations, cultural strategies, and political and aesthetic concerns—At a Distance effectively refutes the widely accepted idea that networked art is technologically determined. Doing so, it provides the historical grounding needed for a more complete understanding of today's practices of Internet art and activism and suggests the possibilities inherent in networked practice. At a Distance traces the history and theory of such experimental art projects as Mail Art, sound and radio art, telematic art, assemblings, and Fluxus. Although the projects differed, a conceptual questioning of the "art object," combined with a political undermining of dominant art institutional practices, animated most distance art. After a section that sets this work in historical and critical perspective, the book presents artists and others involved in this art "re-viewing" their work—including experiments in "mini-FM," telerobotics, networked psychoanalysis, and interactive book construction. Finally, the book recasts the history of networks from the perspectives of politics, aesthetics, economics, and cross-cultural analysis.

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Year Published
2005
Language
English
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MLA
Chandler, Annmarie, and Norie Neumark, editors. At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet. MIT Press, 2005.
Chicago
Chandler, Annmarie, and Norie Neumark, eds. At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet. Cambridge, United States of America: MIT Press, 2005.
APA
Chandler, A., & Neumark, N. (Eds.). (2005). At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet. MIT Press.
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@book{2005At, address = {Cambridge, United States of America}, editor = {Chandler, Annmarie and Neumark, Norie}, year = {2005}, publisher = {MIT Press}, title = {At a {Distance}: Precursors to {Art} and {Activism} on the {Internet}}, }