Art for Networks - on-line publication and curated exhibition exploring the ways in which contemporary art addresses the relationships between networks and human interaction.
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Art for Networks was initially commissioned by the BBC as an online publication and archive of interviews with artists working with technical and social networks (2001), but subsequently developed into a touring exhibition. As producer of the initial project, my aim was to establish and evaluate the relationships between new media and contemporary visual art practices, identifying ways in which artists might share a common frame of reference. I curated an exhibition, which included artists such as Stephen Willats and Jeremy Deller and 'net.artists' such as Heath Bunting and Jodi, all of whom intervene in technical and social networked systems. The project's outcome was recognition of the variety of ways in which art, across discipline-areas, can bring to light or intervene in the possibilities that exist within the encounter between one human and another or one form of information and another, despite category or hierarchical organization. From this, the notion of a tactical approach to social networks was emphasized as a site for further artistic exploration, and as a concept that is undergoing major redefinition through technological change. The project was funded by The Arts Council of England and the Henry Moore Foundation. The exhibition featured as part of the relational aesthetics debate on the BBC4 programme Art Safari (2004). Art for Networks provided the title of the closing chapter in Rachel Greene's Internet Art (Thames and Hudson, 2005), where the exhibition is acknowledged as being one of the few attempts to understand new media art in relation to wider contemporary art practice.
BBC website, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
BBC, Arts Council of England, Henry Moore Foundation
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