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Missed the Rhizome Net Aesthetics 2.0 panel
in Chelsea a couple of nights ago because I had to w*rk. Too bad--really wanted to go. MTAA
has a report. The distinction between the early vernacular web and the current more "regulated" web laid out in in Olia Lialina's article here
serves as a good background for understanding the shift from net art 1.0 to version 2.0. Essentially it's the world of home pages, links, and artist-scientists vs the world of blogs, Google, and fast delivery of every imaginable kind of content (except the gallerygoing kind), with artists, scientists, and artist-scientists struggling to make sense of it. I have also pontificated
on it, though not in product release terms. Another distinction I would make is between the anecdotal ('70s conceptualism in web form--what Sally McKay has called "long-loading, find-the-place-to-click-me narratives packed with theoretically correct reference to the body or lack thereof") and the purely experiential (entertainingly transgressive images, music, and video produced in a collaboration-friendly, peer to peer, non-Industry environment; deliberate confusion between professional and amateur [the vernacular thankfully hasn't gone away]; better sound and pictures generally) that broadband and googling makes possible.
Update: Sal Randolph has a report on the panel at Rhizome.org
The Rhizome link has been changed to http://rhizome.org/discuss/view/20235/
(scroll down to Randolph's comment).