14:30 | FRIDAY 7. 12. 2012 | Corpus Christi Chapel
lecture with samples – Robert Sakrowski (DE)
If there is an expert on net-based art, who can eruditely speak about its history, present and future, about its "heroic era", the specifications of early net art and about the way this idealistic artistic form has been transformed, it is undoubtedly art historian and curator Robert Sakrowski.
Robert Sakrowski is an art historian from Berlin who is both an enthusiast and an eminent specialist on net art. He has participated in and even initiated many research, archive, documentary and curatorial net art projects.To name just a few: he led the netart-datebank.org project from 1999 to 2003, participated in the netpioneers 1.0 research project in Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Linz, Austria (netpioneers.info; 2007–2009) and has worked as a curator for many exhibitions.
His current initiatives include Curating YouTube (curatingyoutube.net) [CYT, from 1997)] which uses curatorship as the active, leading strategy of orientation towards the web 2.0 phenomenon, here materialized by YouTube. His other activities include net.artdatabase.org (initiated together with the Dutch artist Constant Dullaart, see Workshop with net.artdatabase.org project), devoted to contextualization, archiving and net art documentation.
Sakrowski's lecture will concern Net.art history, so that he can demonstrate his own early ideas and "utopian activity" → Net = Art ← and compare them with contemporary netart artists' activities, demonstrate varied scale of expression forms and artistic approaches towards the Internet art.
As an artistic form with a rich history, net art is, to a certain extent, determined by accessible technology. Its development, however, means an existential threat to older artistic projects, as well as shifts in artists' strategies of expression and in the definition of ourselves as social beings. What is taking shape in the structural characteristics of net art are some signs of the New Age, the new utopian modernity and the era of digital social networks. However, at the same time the struggle with the mechanisms of power supremacy in culture is reflected...
- Marie Meixnerová
7 Dec | 2:30 pm | CCC
Introduction to: web-based activities
lecture with samples – Robert Sakrowski (DE), PAF Rewind: Net Art
8 Dec | 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm | AGD
workshop – Constant Dullaart (NL), Robert Sakrowski (DE) | PAF Rewind: Net Art