Internet

The medium is the new message

From the Wall Street Journal: The Internet As Art.

Just as video and computer technology attracted pioneering artists in the 1960s and 1970s, the Internet today is inspiring artists to tinker with the possibilities and boundaries of the World Wide Web. What started as a playful and often tongue-in-cheek experimental venture by a few code-savvy artists in the early 1990s has grown into a global art movement that is attracting attention from museums and private collectors. Karlsruhe-based media museum Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie, or ZKM, has been running a series of net.art exhibitions. Berlin’s Digital Art Museum recently showed the video performance “Hammering the Void,” by Gazira Babeli, the pseudonym for an artist who exists only in Second Life, an online virtual reality game.

Technology: good for poetry?

From the Telegraph: The Internet is causing a poetry boom.

Poetry reading groups – known as “series” – are becoming stronger thanks to the growth of online communities to back them up, he said.

“These reading series often have Facebook groups around them. The net is helping smaller networks get together across the country so there’s now more sense of solidarity between them.”

And rather than making poetry pamphlets “obsolete”, Mr Price said the internet had provided “a limitless shop window for a new generation of small presses and micro-publishers”.