The debate over a definition for art is never-ending. net.art, born on the tides of the infinitely fluid data ocean, is the beginning of the final culmination of art and the artist's fundamental endeavor: mapping the memetic space of the mind onto the physical dimensions of reality.

Beginning with the manipulation of physical space to control sensory stimuli (i.e. painting, music, culinary arts, etc.), the mental matter of language was then added to the mix to create poetry, song, fiction, campaign slogans. The computer is a language machine, built upon the foundations of a structured syntax. This is exactly what the human brain is, complete with visual and aureal expression. As such, the computer represents an abstract space with infinitely more resolution than the painter's canvas. As such, net.art is the first art to accurately reflect the artist's consciousness with some degree of precision. Furthermore, since cyberspace is a global phenomenon, the internet increasingly reflects the collective consciousness of humanity as a whole. Whereas the brain and its descendent consciousness is a network organism on the micromolecular (and probably quantum) scale, the net is a distributed organism on the macrophysical scale, representing the exteriorization of abstract mental space. net.art is the latest result of the universal algorithm of infusing Mind into matter.

net.art is not.art; it is the prologue to the next big thing.

Examples:
http://jodi.org/
http://www.0100101110110101.org/
http://www.superbad.com/
http://www.absurd.org/
http://www.hell.com/
http://www.plagiarist.org/

Net.art is a kind of (electronic) art which uses the media internet as playground to the artists (alternative) points of view. So don't expect to find documentations on common art like "Picasso Scans Gallery" here ;-)

--- Net.art vs. Art on the Net ---
The art market has discovered the net for the distribution of art. It uses the net to promote art just like ordinary companies. Gallerists, museums and other art brokers provide information about their artists, exhibitions and events. For them, the net is nothing more than a big telephone book in which they too want to (have to) be represented. ...

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