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Contributors
Joanne McNeil, Domenico Quaranta, Nick Lambert

January 2014
Paperback
240 pages
300 b/w and colour ills
28.0 x 23.0 cm
9.0 x 11.0 in
ISBN13: 978 1 907317 98 9
We Heart ask, “Where would we be without the internet?”

“It’s about time there was a survey of the interaction between art and the internet, and arriving right on queue, here’s Art and the Internet, from Black Dog Publishing.” We Heart



Book review: Art and The Internet

“You see, internet art or net.art or web-based art or however you wish to call it is not monodimensional. It comes with depths and with as many opportunities for interpretations and distortions as its purely 'physical' equivalents.” we-make-money-not-art.com




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Art and the Internet

Art and the Internet is a much-needed visual survey of art influenced by, situated on and taking the subject of the internet over the last two and a half decades. From the early 1990s the internet has had multiple roles in art, not least in defining several new genres of practitioners, from early networked art to new forms of interactive and participatory works, but also because it is the great aggregator of all art, past and present. Art and the Internet examines the legacy of the internet on art, and, importantly, illuminates how artists and institutions are using it and why.


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Breaking the subject down into distinct chapters: net.art, Activist Art and Surveillance-Related Work, Internet-Enabled Participatory, Postinternet Art and Social Media Influenced Art and Identity Construction, the book explores the relationship between the work of leading practitioners using the internet in multiple ways. 

Nicholas Lambert, Joanna McNeil and Domenico Quaranta's specially commissioned essays provide the contextual information behind the artworks featured, encouraged new opinion and debate, further encouraged by new interview material found in the book's Appendix. These are followed by reprinted essays and manifestos offering an alternative chronology of the internet via 'changing of the time' opinions from the late 1980s until today. 

In its 25 year history, art and its relationship to the internet has radically changed. Now widely classified as an important and studied area of contemporary art, Art and the Internet provides a much-needed visual survey of art that maps this heritage, offering an in-depth introduction to this contemporary relevant area of art.