Aggregating the endless scroll of post-internet art, seminar 14.+15.1

SEMINAR BY JANUS HØM & MARTYN REYNOLDS + HITO STEYERL
14th and 15th of January at 115, 10-16
UPDATE: ARTIE VIERKANT WILL BE JOINING US ON MONDAY AFTERNOON TO TALK ABOUT “The Image-Object Post Internet”
http://rhizome.org/editorial/2010/dec/20/required-reading/

14.1 Hito: The New Flesh Material lives of images
Is the internet dead? This is not a metaphorical question. It does not suggest that the internet is dysfunctional, useless or out of fashion. Instead, the question is very literally whether it is dead, how it died and whether anyone killed it. Can we indict anyone in any court for this killing and under which jurisdiction?
On the other hand: how could anyone ever even suspect such thing? The internet is now more potent than ever. It has not only sparked but fully captured the imagination, attention and productivity of more people than at any other point before. Never before have more people been dependent of, embedded into, surveilled by and exploited by the web. It seems overwhelming, bedazzling and without alternative. So what could even trigger the suspicion that it might be dead?
The reading list is on the wiki. Since there is a serious gender issue in the post internet debate it´s all female. @NinaPower, pls write sthg, too!
15.1 Janus Høm & Martyn Reynolds: Lecture
Aggregating the endless scroll of post-internet art
Proposition: Criticality is a humanist function; so as technological/biological determinism has begun to erode humanism, criticality by default loses it’s effect. What has perhaps replaced criticality in this situation is aggregation. We want to talk about this progression through ‘post internet art’.
Vocabulary:
Post Internet: ‘Post internet’ does not suggest that we live in an age after the existence of the Internet, but that we live in a time after the Internet’s inception. In this view the Internet is no longer novel, it is a default experience for everyone, and so in light of this, when talking about ‘Post Internet Art’, one is not suggesting that you’re doing art about the novelty of the internet or even work in any way with the interfaces provided by the Internet. It merely means that everything we do is informed by the Internet’s pervasive nature.
Aggregation: Whether by individuals, organisations or machines, the activity of aggregation has become a significant tool as the resources of the Internet have expanded beyond manageable limits of consumption in any given field.
Reading list on wiki

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