1996 - Who Needs The Art World? - Reclaim Net Art

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The past 6 months have seen a huge struggle against the imposition of the art world in the internet. But the spectre of the gallerist still haunts us. It poisons our minds, distracts our work and communities, buries our thoughts beneath a tide of success and recognition. Increased prosperity for those in the system means more of us distracted by banality. The cosy private comfort on the inside offers no relief to those stranded in the real world on the outside.

In 1994, 90% of internet artists made their own work independently - now the figure is 9%. The others are curated. It's too dangerous to look at internet art - because of the boredom. Galleries pump out endless repeats, threatening the very existence of creativity on the net. Is this the medium we want? Do we want more fights over funding, original pioneers overlooked and their audience stolen, just to fuel the engine of "career growth"?

CRAP INTERNET ART is not terminal - the antidote is in our hands!

Networks can be places where artists play, the creative watch the world go by, friends meet - in short, a place of community. In the conventional art world people are isolated, fighting their way up the system. The paranoia of media art scene replaces welcoming and openness of public colaboration. Reclaiming Net Art is not just about rejecting gallerists. It is about rediscovering the joys of life without them.

Do you dream of a scene where depressed artists abandon their ambitions to join in the net party? Where mail artists are not isolated diehards, but a force to be reckoned with? Where art isn't something happening in the gallery, but a game played on the net? Where success is not marked by lines on the cv but by numbers of identities? Where no work is exhibited for longer than a week, web galleries are ignored and bad art is deleted? Where creativity is not a grey drip drip of direction from above but a flash of inspiration from below?


Reclaim Net Art! is a direct action network committed to ending the rule of the art world. We are FOR spammed, anonymous and invisible (effective!) art, and AGAINST galleries, curators and the vested interest they serve. We are not a send-a-donation / get-the-mag / sit-in-your studio organisation. We are about getting involved and changing things through our own actions.

If you are interested in taking part in our activities send us your name and address for our mailing list.

Reclaim Net Art <rna@khm.de>

20th October 1996






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