20:00 | SATURDAY 8. 12. 2012 | Theatre K3
The PAF Rewind: Net Art section aims to (at least partially) introduce the contemporary Czech netart scene which, due to an insufficient presentation and a high level of segmentation, misleadingly appears to be dead.
Hunt out a few unfortunates who have had the misfortune to be recently doing something connected to the Internet, cram them into one category, label them with the tattered sticker 'net art' and then present them with pomp as trained monkeys at the Festival, and preferably all at once so they don't mess up the rest of the program. Something like this could possibly be the perception of PAF efforts from the outside, by malicious tongues, because Czech net art is already dead anyway, which is completely all right, because everything worthy about it has been fully explored in the 90s and there is no reason for it to exist nowadays [detect: bitter irony].
If you've already carefully read the foreword to the PAF Rewind section, you know exactly what I am talking about. If not, do so before you start shaking your heads at what will unfold in front of your eyes. The negative attitude is not rooted in malice but in those people's understanding of the term net art and their overall approach towards the Internet. Due to the plurality of approaches and attitudes to the term net art, everybody is right, as usual. For that reason, we also try to give some space to every view and internet philosophy – hence the somewhat hazy title for this program block, rather tracing than cramming into categories that, in addition, represent something different for everybody.
The invitation to present their works was accepted by Stanislav Abrahám, 2046, Tomáš Kořínek, Kristýna Lutzová, Michal Kindernay, The Rodina and MANIPUL. These artists come from different fields and primarily deal with nonweb projects, so their perception of the internet is quite different. This difference is also caused by a high degree of segmentation of the Czech scene, where no continuity exists – "net artists" do not follow each other's work because they are often unaware of each other's existence, i.e. that there is somebody else doing something similar to what they are doing (which, from their side is not necessarily defined as net art).
Therefore our aim is to show a wide range of approaches and attitudes and create opportunities for mutual encounters. And, of course, to find out where web-based art projects have intellectually and expressively shifted since the days of the "older generation of Czech net artists".
- Marie Meixnerová
8 Dec | 8:00 pm | T
Maybe there is dark but I can't see it. Tracing the contemporary Czech net art
collective presentation | PAF Rewind: Net Art