Pamphlet for a new and cultural
resistent art by a resistant culture:
Hand over that media! Now!
After the desillusion of the discourse
that never-ended, the dialog that never-existed
, and the history that never-started , the
slowly faded away in the millennium bug
that never-happened. So, done and over with
the nineties, 2000 is like starting civilisation
in the desert amidst the carcasses of a
culture: yes, ill-literacy is everywhere.
That means that the happy haydays of netart,
media-art, net-activism and web-art, are
over. If there ever was a hope
that new artists and media-activists would
mix, mingle and create a new context, build
a new infrastructure for a new kind of future
art, it is certainly forgotten and abandoned
now. Push that escape button to get elsewhere,
So much for the individual original web-media-artist-activist,
who happily continues to compromise
him/herself with setting up high-art competitions,
living from official grants to talk and
have a jet-kick in global abundance.
In the meanwhile selling a glossy image
of carefully rehearsed revolutionary avantgardism.
More and more, formerly alternative and
virtual networks are taking part in officially
supported initiatives set up by universities,
governments and super-governmental organisms.
The danger of "subsumption" is immanent:
any part taking into the former and ineffective
structures, will be punished by loss of
memory, identity, and bodyweight.
So, we should stop looking at the past
for anything else than the past,
and we should stop looking for explosives
since no one ever hotwired
anything. Next to selling the future
in reverse, and giving webart to the museums,
webinstruction to the schools, there are
more urgent things to handle. We should
turn over current power and skills to totally
'informal' organisations. Back to the young
and inexperienced, back to the noise - digital
noise - and let it develop by itself. No
involvement by the ministries of culture,
education, family, playground, television,
computers, internet, whatever... Give it
a chance, start! Even if it all ends in
"outcome uncertain", stay tuned for the
blank screen, the silence.ra, the failure:hooray!
And know that there are worse things to