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Net Art: Expanded Practice of Conservation

Looking at the qualities and characteristics of net art the need for an expanded practice of conservation becomes clear. Most net artworks are build and distributed through a complex and intricate interrelated system of networks that presents an assemblage of art, technology, politics, and social relations – all merged and related to form a variable entity. Adding to these qualities are the quick obsolescence of hard- and software; the fact that knowledge and expertise is distributed through communities; that many net artworks are created within restricted platforms or are based on open source ideologies; lastly, that net artworks often act as assemblages that change or mutate, make net art a challenging case for conservation.— The lecture takes place in the context of the exhibition Netzkunst im Berlin der 90er Jahre – kick-off zur kritischen Bestandsaufnahme.

Source: panke.gallery