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Organized by Rhizome
Curated by Artistic Director Michael Connor with Assistant Curator Aria Dean
Artists: Morehshin Allahyari, Cory Arcangel, Shu Lea Cheang, Aleksandra Domanović, Entropy8Zuper! (Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn), YoHa (Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji), Eduardo Kac, Olia Lialina, Brian Mackern, et. al., Miao Ying, MTAA (Michael Sarff and Tim Whidden), Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Alexei Shulgin, Wolfgang Staehle, Mark Tribe with Alexander Galloway and Martin Wattenberg
In its decades-long history, net art has served as a testing ground for artists. Through net art, artists have interrogated politics, economies, and material cultures. The Art Happens Here offers a selection of works from Rhizome’s Net Art Anthology. The exhibition restages historical works of net art from its fragments – a timely approach as many institutions now frame the internet as a historical subject, rather than a novelty.
Net art is made up primarily of practices, not objects. This poses problems around how net art is historicized and exhibited. The Art Happens Here explores the new modes of authorship, collaboration, and distribution that have evolved through net art.
Rhizome champions born-digital art and culture through commissions, exhibitions, digital preservation, and software development. Founded by artist Mark Tribe as a listserv that included some of the first artists to work online, Rhizome has played an integral role in the history of contemporary art engaged with digital technologies and the internet. Since 2003, Rhizome has been an affiliate in residence at the New Museum.
To access online: http://anthology.rhizome.org/
Image: The Art Happens Here installation view, The New Museum, 2019