This presentation and discussion convenes artists and scholars to revisit the network culture that emerged in the post-9/11 moment and its relevance for artists. Following a screening of Seth Price’s "Rejected Or Unused Clips, Arranged in Order of Importance" (2003), David Joselit will discuss Price’s approach to image circulation as he articulated it in his seminal work "Dispersion" (2002–ongoing). Rhizome’s Assistant Curator of Net Art Aria Dean will present William Pope.L’s work "Distributing Martin" (2000–2005), a conceptual gesture that aimed to distribute “Martin Luther King Jr.”—as a name, as an idea, and even as genetic code—through as many channels as possible, both analog and digital: flyers, billboards, postcards, a blog-like website. Mariam Ghani will present "How to See the Disappeared: A warm database" (a 2004 collaboration with Chitra Ganesh), a project that gathers and visualizes the stories of those rendered politically invisible to the network. Finally, Eva and Franco Mattes, aka 0100101110101101.org, will explain what they learned by putting their lives—or at least, the entire contents of their desktop computer—into circulation as an artistic act for the online performance work "Life Sharing" (2000–2003).
Together, these works reflect a moment in which artists were beginning to reckon with the internet as a pervasive social and cultural force, setting up lines of inquiry that remain equally urgent in the present.
This event takes place to mark the conclusion of Chapter Two of Net Art Anthology, an online exhibition that retells the history of net art through one hundred artworks, released one per week over the course of two years. Chapter Two featured works from the years 1999–2004.
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