10 Facts About Internet art


Internet art is a form of new media art distributed via the Internet.

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Internet art is often — but not always — interactive, participatory, and multimedia-based.

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Internet art can be used to spread a message, either political or social, using human interactions.

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Rather, this genre relies intrinsically on the Internet art to exist as a whole, taking advantage of such aspects as an interactive interface and connectivity to multiple social and economic cultures and micro-cultures, not only web-based works.

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Internet art cites the above stipulations, as well as defining it as distinct from commercial web design, and touching on issues of permanence, archivability, and collecting in a fluid medium.

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Internet art is rooted in disparate artistic traditions and movements, ranging from Dada to Situationism, conceptual art, Fluxus, video art, kinetic art, performance art, telematic art and happenings.

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Internet art has, according to Juliff and Cox, suffered under the privileging of the user interface inherent within computer art.

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Artistic communities on the Internet underwent a similar transition in the mid-2000s, shifting from Surf Clubs, "15 to 30 person groups whose members contributed to an ongoing visual-conceptual conversation through the use of digital media" and whose membership was restricted to a select group of individuals, to image-based social networking platforms, like Flickr, which permit access to any individual with an e-mail address.

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Post-Internet art is a loose descriptor for works that are derived from the Internet art or its effects on aesthetics, culture and society.

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Art historian Rachel Greene identified six forms of internet art that existed from 1993 to 1996: email, audio, video, graphics, animation and websites.

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