Charlotte Fooks

Has a contemporary reappropriation of the Internet advanced the medium of art?

Charlie Fooks Communication,
Theory and Empirical Methodologies II
Summer Semester 2017
MA Cognition and Communication
København Universitet

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Introduction*

With this paper I will discuss the concept that the contemporary genre of Internet Art is a reappropriation of the medium of the Internet. Despite Julian Stallabrass stating that “the Internet is not a medium” (Stallabrass, 2009: 169), I suggest Internet art’s reappropriation of the Internet has birthed it as a contemporary medium upon which art now lives. My use of the terminology ‘reappropriation’ relates directly to the way that the art world is now utilising the Internet as a medium which was previously disparaging of it, thus the Internet has acquired new purpose and authority within 21st Century art. In focussing on the Internet as a reappropriated space for art, it is important to address and analyse “what is happening to digital technology as a tool, as a context [and] as a culture at large” (Goriunova, 2012: 2). In this way, I intend to conduct a research project on the hybridisation of technology and creativity (or the Internet and art respectively); in unearthing the affect this is having on arts world-wide consumption, authorship, ownership and conception within the new context of technological reappropriation.

 



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