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Networked Art

2001
Author:

Craig J. Saper

Networked Art

Outlines an exciting new approach to this confluence of art, media, and poetry.

The experimental art and poetry of the last half of the twentieth century offers a glimpse of the emerging networked culture that electronic devices will make omnipresent. Craig J. Saper demarcates this new genre of networked art, which uses the trappings of bureaucratic systems—money, logos, corporate names, stamps—to create intimate situations among the participants. Saper explains how this genre developed from post-World War II conceptual art, including periodicals as artworks in themselves; lettrist, concrete, and process poetry; Bauhaus versus COBRA; Fluxus publications, kits, and machines; mail art and on-sendings. The encyclopedic scope of the book includes discussions of artists from J. Beuys to J. S. G. Boggs, and Bauhaus’s Max Bill to Anna Freud Banana.

Saper introduces an interesting and, for the most part, overlooked subject at the interface of contemporary writing, performance, and art practices.

John C. Welchman, University of California, San Diego

The experimental art and poetry of the last half of the twentieth century offers a glimpse of the emerging networked culture that electronic devices will make omnipresent. Craig J. Saper demarcates this new genre of networked art, which uses the trappings of bureaucratic systems—money, logos, corporate names, stamps—to create intimate situations among the participants.

In Saper’s analysis, the pleasures that these aesthetic situations afford include shared special knowledge or new language among small groups of participants. Functioning as artworks in themselves, these temporary institutional structures—networks, publications, and collective works—give rise to a gift-exchange community as an alternative economy and social system. Saper explains how this genre developed from post-World War II conceptual art, including periodicals as artworks in themselves; lettrist, concrete, and process poetry; Bauhaus versus COBRA; Fluxus publications, kits, and machines; mail art and on-sendings. The encyclopedic scope of the book includes discussions of artists from J. Beuys to J. S. G. Boggs, and Bauhaus’s Max Bill to Anna Freud Banana. Networked Art is an essential guide to the digital artists and networks of the emerging future.


Networked Art

Craig J. Saper is associate professor of multimedia at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is the author of Artificial Mythologies (Minnesota, 1997).

Networked Art

Saper introduces an interesting and, for the most part, overlooked subject at the interface of contemporary writing, performance, and art practices.

John C. Welchman, University of California, San Diego

A start-up manual for the 21st century, Networked Art goes back to the future to investigate an untimely nexus of cultural creativity, social organization, and technical infrastructure. A significant contribution to 20th-century art history.

Symploke

Networked Art

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I. Intimate Bureaucracies

1. Receivable Art and Poetry
2. A Fan's Paranoid Logic
3. Strikes, Surveillance, and Dirty Tricks

Part II. From Visual Poetry to Networked Art

4. Processed Bureaucratic Poetry
5. Intimate Poetry
6. Fluxus: Instructions for an Intimate Bureaucracy
7. Assemblings as Intimate Bureaucracies

Conclusion: Networked Futures

Notes
Bibliography
Index