Whatever Happened to Net Art?

Pressmeddelande   •   Dec 02, 2009 13:08 CET

A conference jointly organized by Södertörn University & Iaspis

Date: Friday & Saturday 4-5 December, 2009
Time: Friday 9 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am -5 pm
Place: The Project Room, Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, 2 tr

Admittance is free of charge. In English

To register, please email: netart@iaspis.se (please state “netart”)


Not long ago, Internet art was the latest thing. Today it seems historical, along with postmodernism and “New Media”. Until its peak in the mid 1990’s, Internet art had a scent of the future. It was invested – symbolically and economically – with the capacity to signify and even prefigure a glorious global future for all.


But what is the situation today? Has net art metamorphosed into something else? How do we see it in relation to the contemporary art world? Has net art become a part of contemporary art or is it a sub-sector of its own?


A decade after what could be seen as its dispersion and with the fate of web 2.0, it is highly relevant to look at what net art was and is by linking it to its appearance in various art venues, to its historiography, to advanced media technology, conditions of social and economic infrastructure, and, not the least, to the rapid extension of the Internet itself.


While the conference is occasioned by an on-going research project, the intention with this conference is to assess the situation today, and to discuss ways of dealing with interactive net-based art in the years to come. This two-day set up will mix artists´ presentations with scholarly papers and a general discussion peopled by renowned experts, curators and artists from different parts of Europe and the United States.


Artistic interventions by Magnus Liistamo and - Innen. Graphic design by Hjärta Smärta.


Participants include:

Rachel Baker, artist and web developer, media Arts Officer for the Arts Council of England

Ruth Catlow, co-founder and co-director of Furtherfield.org, and HTTP Gallery in London

Josephine Bosma, writer and critic, lives and works in Amsterdam

Mindaugas Gapševičius, artist and co-initiator of the first Lithuanian new media art platform o-o

Jennifer González, Associate Prof., History of Art and Visual Culture, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

Karin Hansson & Åsa Andersson Broms, artists, founders of the Association for Temporary Art [a:t]

Anna Kindvall, artist and curator, Malmö, co-founder of the Electrohype biennial

Alexei Shulgin, artist, musician, online curator, London, Moscow, Helsinki. Founder of Moscow-WWW-Art-Lab

Goldin+Senneby, artists, founders of the island The Port (Second Life with Tor Lindstrand 2004)

Wolfgang Staehle, media artist, founder of the online forum The Thing in 1991

Julian Stallabrass, curator, author of Internet Art: The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce, 2003

Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, artists, co-founders of Vilma/Vilnius interdisciplinary Lab for Media Art in 2000

Organisation: Charlotte Bydler, PhD, Södertörn University; Dan Karlholm, Professor, Södertörn University; Håkan Nilsson, Associate Professor, Södertörn University; Suzi Ersahin, Program Coordinator, Iaspis; Jonatan Habib Engqvist Project Manager, Iaspis; Cecilia Widenheim, Director, Iaspis


For more information please contact Iaspis project manager Jonatan Habib Engqvist: jhe@iaspis.se


The research project at Södertörn University, “Art (without) Spaces: Identities of Internet Art in Germany, Lithuania, and Sweden”, includes three case studies by Professor Dan Karlholm, PhD Charlotte Bydler and Associate Professor Håkan Nilsson. It is funded by Östersjöstiftelsen (The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies)


Iaspis – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists
Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor
118 53 Stockholm