Internet Art @ DigitalCube: What’s Internet Art?

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DigitalCube is developing an artist residency program to help foster the creation of Internet Art. We’re creating a remote and asynchronous program to collaboratively execute artists’ web-based project ideas. We want to get involved in the arts by giving an artist the opportunity to tell us what to do and to work inside of our unique organization. We will be looking for an artist who wants to make web-based Internet Art with us and to temporarily join the DigitalCube community as our artist-in-residence.

But what is Internet Art? This term is new to us. Our product designer, Rachel Winchester, first discovered Internet Art in a Contemporary Art course in college. Since then, she’s become passionate about the genre and was excited to introduce it to the rest of DigitalCube.

Essentially, Internet Art is art made with the internet as its medium. It’s a form of digital art that is conceptual and often interactive. We’ve cataloged our research in an ongoing annotated bibliography that you can find in this Google Drive folder.

This Google Drive folder contains annotations, or short summaries, of the same sources that we use to shape our understanding of Internet Art. Many sources are large, comprehensive websites with a lot of information about the genre and links to more related websites. Other sources are web-based artworks that are still live and accessible online. Other sources are artifacts that talk about artworks that may or may not exist online. In the future, we plan to format the bibliography in a website for the public to easily browse and learn.

The title of each document in the drive is the URL web address of each source, if available. Other print or pdf sources have other document titles. We recommend starting with this source from Rhizome (The New Museum, NYC).

Research is a necessary step for us. DigitalCube is not an arts organization. Although many of us have arts degrees of different types, unfortunately there are no art curators, researchers, or critics on staff. We need help properly educating ourselves from reliable sources about internet art’s history and theory. We will continue to add new sources about internet art as we find them. It will be an ongoing source of education and inspiration as the program develops. If you would like to contribute to our research, email Rachel Winchester at winchesterachel@digitalcube.jp.