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Post Internet – Research

Posted in 20/21, Art History Studies, and Contextual Research 2021

Post-Internet is a 21st century art movement involving works that are derived from the Internet or its effects on aesthetics, culture and society. 

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PostInternet refers to a current trend in art and criticism concerned with the impact of the Internet on art and culture. Taking cues from the understanding of Postmodernism as a reaction to or rejection of Modernism, postInternet does not imply a time “after” the Internet but rather a time “about” the Internet.

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The debates and controversies surrounding post-internet art are important to be aware of as an aspiring contemporary artist, as the internet has never been so popular. I intend my work to act as a platform for the viewer to contemplate such debates, and how the internet, along with new media is changing art, and the way it is made.

Notes on the Internet and Art 12.29.09 > 09.05.10 – Gene McHugh

Post Internet is a wordpress created blog by writer and curator Gene McHugh between December 2009 and September 2010. Post Internet was an exercise in art criticism as well as a performative work of art. The blog contended with many of the key issues of the early postinternet moment, in which artists contended with the internet’s increasingly profound effects on society at large and contemporary art in particular.

Through McHugh’s serial updates, punctuated by quotations and comments from readers, the blog engaged deeply with the internet’s increasingly significant effects on artistic creation and production, and on art criticism itself.

“…‘INTERNET’ BECAME NOT A THING IN THE WORLD TO ESCAPE INTO, BUT RATHER THE WORLD ONE SOUGHT ESCAPE FROM…SIGH…IT BECAME THE PLACE WHERE BUSINESS WAS CONDUCTED, AND BILLS WERE PAID. IT BECAME THE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE TRACKED YOU DOWN.”

—GENE MCHUGH

Taken from the introduction [1]

Post Internet aimed to analyse and discuss the intersection of the art and internet worlds, with McHugh’s own thoughts punctuated by text fragments from other writers, artists, and theorists.

Post Internet is not just a piece of beautiful criticism, as reading this book proves. It’s also, in itself, a piece of postinternet art in the shape of an art criticism blog.”

—Domenico Quaranta

Post Internet exemplifies the blurred line between artistic production and its surrounding discourse that has long been associated with net art, from 1990s listserves to contemporary social media. It records the beginnings of a postinternet movement and initial efforts to develop a language around it, while embracing the network as both subject matter and form.

My notes form the book:

In blog excerpt: Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 when Gene mentions the blog will try to cover some of the ways Post Internet art can be described, she starts with:

“Here is one thought to start: Post Internet art leaves the Internet world. It goes to the art world and mutates itself to correspond to the conventions of the art world. It is art world art about the Internet. A deeper goal, though, is that as the work mutates from the conventions of the Internet to the conventions of art, the work catalyzes the conventions of art to mutate to those of the Internet.

For these worlds to meet on good terms, you can’t simply snap your fingers. Each world enters a process, a series of adaptations in order to find its feet in the world of the other”

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

LC: Does internet art need to take place online?

MO: No. What I make is less art “on” the Internet that it is art “after” the Internet. It’s the yield of my compulsive surfing and downloading. I create performances, songs, photos, texts, or installations directly derived from materials on the Internet or my activity there.

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Olson delineates Internet art from Post Internet art. Internet art is on the Internet; post Internet art is after the Internet.

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