Bishop seems to be saying that Digital Art hasn’t happened, that digital technologies have been used, but the areas explored were already considered during the previous, analogue age. Harger writes in “Why Contemporary Art Fails to come to grips with digital – a response to Claire Bishop” – states early on that she will ignore “New Media” art from artists like Lozano Hemmer, Trevor Paglen and Cory Archangel, which seems a little bizarre to say the least. Bishop also states that code is “alien to human perception” – but humans write it! Watz, in his his comments on 2/10/2012 makes several points, 1) mainstream art hates media art (a horrible name) 2) commercial art market is nostalgic 3) contemporary art is wilfully anachronistic 3) Bishop isn’t ignorant, but doesn’t know the area.
Kris Paulsen sets out to review SFMOMA’s recent retrospective on participatory art, of particular interest to me after Hellicar&Lewis’s recent project for the AND Festival – “Caravideo”. In chronological order, the first project which caught my attention was “Media Van” (1971) by Ant Farm, and their remixing/updating of the project “Media Van V.08 (Time Capsule)”. Other projects of interest were Hans Haacke’s “News” (1969/2005), Matthias Gomel “Delayed” (2002) and finally the portal like “Hole In Space” (1980) by Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz.
Scott Hanselmann recently wrote persuasively on the dangers of confining ones thoughts to such walled gardens as Twitter and Facebook. The re-purposing of joelgethinlewis.com as more than a a forwarding station to other ends of the internet is part of my response to his warning.