By Annmarie Chandler, Norie Neumark
Networked collaborations of artists didn't start on the web. In this multidisciplinary examine the perform of paintings that happens throughout a distance -- geographical, temporal, or emotional -- theorists and practitioners research the ways in which artwork, activism, and media essentially reconfigured one another in experimental networked tasks of the Seventies and Eighties. via offering a context for this paintings -- exhibiting that it was once formed by way of various mixes of social family members, cultural recommendations, and political and aesthetic matters -- At a Distance successfully refutes the generally authorized concept that networked artwork is technologically made up our minds. Doing so, it presents the ancient grounding wanted for a extra entire realizing of modern day practices of web paintings and activism and indicates the chances inherent in networked practice.At a Distance strains the heritage and idea of such experimental artwork tasks as Mail artwork, sound and radio paintings, telematic paintings, assemblings, and Fluxus. even if the tasks differed, a conceptual wondering of the "art object," mixed with a political undermining of dominant artwork institutional practices, lively such a lot distance artwork. After a bit that units this paintings in ancient and demanding point of view, the booklet offers artists and others all in favour of this paintings "re-viewing" their paintings -- together with experiments in "mini-FM," telerobotics, networked psychoanalysis, and interactive ebook building. eventually, the booklet recasts the background of networks from the views of politics, aesthetics, economics, and cross-cultural analysis.