Art on the Net – 2001-2002-2003
Machita City Museum of Graphic Arts Tokyo
Art on the net
There are different definitions what “netart” might be, the most plausible one is related to two aspects – art and net (net = Internet – net=network). For Agricola de Cologne netart has its right to exist only when the piece of art is based on Internet specific technology to be used therefore only when it is located on the net. The Internet means public space for them who have access to the net, and the work is accessible for free, in terms of without payment and/or password. Netart, however does not mean, that an artist has to be restricted to one certain topic – the Internet and related issues, including certain dogmatic ideologies. One has to consider the entire spectrum of art on the net, in order to find out, how artists find their individual use of art and the net.
But in the year 2020, exactly this is not possible any longer for different reasons. Many of the artists active during the years 1998-2008 are not active any longer and not only the artists, but also their works vanished without any trace, but also all instances hosting such artworks and therefore also the hosted artworkes vanished from the net.
The failure of netart – the failure of technology
Additionally not only the artists and/or their art works vanished, but also the technology/software/plugins used at a certain time vanished due to the technological progress, software/browsers became obsolete and were replaced by mostly new, mostly incompatible applications. An artist using these technologies had to keep himself updated continuesly – offering new chances, but also disadvantages. Therefore, it would be better to discontinue using the term “netart”, at all.
One crucial point of the technololy based art form “netart” is the technology, as such, or more precisely the fact, that especially the popular technology (software) was provided by commercial companies following their own commercial/monetary success and development, whiLe on the other hand all attempts failed to replace the commercial applications through a licence-free technology.
There was the contraction between the conceptual ideas and the reality.
Artists creating art on the net were preferably using the software – Shockwave and Flash by Macromedia – until this software company and its software development was taken over by the competitor and software giant ADOBE, resulting the slow decline of this multi-media software, until both software applications/their support were discontinued after 2018.
Concerning his comprehinsive individual work, Agricola de Cologne created for the net, all is executed in Flash by Macromedia and therefore no work can be longer reviewed on the net. This is particularly good for the interactive works, but also for other ones developed in a linerar way like videos. However Agricola de Cologne Flash videos, mostly were non-linear programmed. For those linear works it was simple to convert them into current technologies like video mp4, all other non-linear developed works are affected from the art overkill ADOBE decided for.
All works however can be displayed and exhibited offline, but then they loose their status to be “netart”, because it is no more than a simulation, but the artwork itself is still existing, and therefore the previously used terminology “netart” is obsolete, as well, and one would better speak simply of multimedia works.
But Agricola de Cologne, respectively his virtual existence, has to be considered as netart, in so far his entire work as it is manifesting itself online, is representing “netart”.
All major projects are listed on http://agricola-de.cologne/projects/
This section, however, incorporates primarily the smaller interactive and streaming netart pieces, which were mostly realized in the framework of larger project environments like “A Virtual Memorial” , for instance.
Following recourses include also smaller netart works
Videography – list of all created and produced videos – incorporates most smaller linear works & videos
The net based works – created during this period were programmed in Flash – are taken from the net and remain in quarantine, however, they can be presented in physical space in their original state on request.
Bareback – serial DIScharge (streaming)
Home so near, Home so far – a meditation from Mapuche land (Streaming)
Message from behind a Wall (streaming)
138 seconds of peace? (streaming)
Truth- Paradise found (streaming)
Inability of Being Nude (interactive)
en [code] ed (interactive)
Italian Silence (interactive)
9.11. – The Triple Method (interactive)
Close Encounters (streaming)
Beyond all media (interactive)
TRUE LIES (streaming)
Urban.early sunday morning_raw (streaming)
]and_scape[ – interactive moving picture
My Pocket Camera (interactive)
Mother and Child Convention (interactive)
Hans a true story (interactive)
Never wake up (streaming)
Transience – an atonal composition (interactive)
Watch: Seconds: Forever (streaming)
Identity of Colour (streaming)
Compressed Affair (interactive)
Redirection 1944 (streaming)
No individuality (streaming)
Karposi Park (streaming)