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reflections on the expanded field of digital art and culture
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Assembling traces, or the conservation of net art by Annet Dekker

Assembling traces, or the conservation of net art by Annet Dekker | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it
Net art is built and distributed through a complex, intricate, and interrelated system of networks that presents an assemblage of art, technology, politics, and social relations – all merged and related to form a variable entity. In the last decade a discussion on how to conserve net art emerged in museums of contemporary art. Nevertheless, many net art projects from the 1990s have long disappeared – their server payments lapsed, software was not kept up-to-date, or artists felt the concept was no longer appropriate in a changed context. The project mouchette.org is an exception in that the artist has kept the website up and running since it began. In this article I will show that net artworks are inherently assemblages that evolve over time. These works are distributed and ensured by networks of people; their continuation happens through multiple authors and caretakers. All together these actors signify and give meaning to the works. Therefore, instead of thinking of a ‘freeze frame’ the presentation and conservation of net art should focus on variability. This opens up different paths and options, making for conservation strategies akin to assembling traces.

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The History of Text-based Art

The History of Text-based Art | Emergent Digital Practices | Scoop.it
Kurt Schwitters: Godfather of Modern Text Art : Schwitters, influenced by Ferdinand de Saussurre (d. 1913) whose work focused on the relationship of sound to written language and tension between name and object (as illustrated by Magritte in 1928), worked in a multitude of genres including typography (see Merz, below), collage and painting. He also worked with performance pieces and poems that took the form of graphic scores. I don’t mean to imply I understand the entirely of his work, I’m stealing part of this while I better learn the larger picture of what he created. However, I do know this: Kurt Schwitters was the first to give equal weight to both artist material and text then exploring what this implied. ...
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Ophelia Escriu-Num'llul's comment, December 19, 2012 1:14 PM
Tout à fait d'accord sur l'importance du travail de Schwitters... Je voudrais aussi, cependant, évoquer celui des concrétistes brésiliens, http://ecritnum.blogspot.fr/2012/08/blog-post.html, des lettristes, du groupe de Granollers et de Brossa, des poètes sonores, de la poésie numérique cf Donguy... http://ecritnum.blogspot.fr/2012/10/jean-pascal-dubost-aime-ca.html et tout le travail de fond de J-P.Dubost dans son blog "Rêveries au travail"... Tout ce qui a préparé à lire et écrire numérique et non numérisé...