Archive for June, 2011


Pool is a platform dedicated to expanding and improving the discourse surrounding Post-Internet art, culture and society.   June contributors: Absis Minas Andreas Ervik Ann Hirsch Duncan Malashock Gene McHugh Ginger Scott Jennifer Chan Louis Doulas Nicholas O’Brien   Readings: The Readings section is an ongoing collection of essays that are continually added by Pool contributors. Suggest relevant readings here:

Review: If Our World Protects

By Absis Minas If Our World Protects begins with a taunt: an exhibition statement that could just as well double as a riddle about the non-location of the anonymous person writing. Here’s a hint: R, G, and B are touted as real colors, while Y is not. Instead, Y is seen as the mystic container for a shared sense of

Between Stupidity and the Sublime

By Andreas Ervik Despite being less than 300 pages long, the Post Internet Survival Guide feels like a monolith. It was released in the middle of March, and I still find myself returning to it on frequent basis. It has the layout of a product catalogue, or perhaps an archeology guide, with apparently unrelated, small photos spread across the pages.

Women, Sexuality and the Internet

By Ann Hirsch “The new economy relies on the assumption that individuality can be recovered from mass society through the process of individuation via customization… Crucially, this participation comes about largely through the surveillance process—hence the equation of pervasive monitoring with creativity and self-expression that is one of the hallmarks of the current generation.“ -Mark Andrejevic: Reality TV: The Work

Community and Practice Online

By Duncan Malashock Since I first became interested in art on the Internet, specifically through groups centered around rhizome.org, I’ve heard phrases like “the Internet art community” used to promote awareness of the field. Although I agree that, in general, online artwork deserves a more comprehensive awareness and understanding, it made me wonder what the implications are of characterizing such

Meagher’s Space

By Gene McHugh 1. Patrick Meagher is a New York-based artist known for his Styrofoam sculptures made between 1999 and 2005 as well as the Silvershed art project space that he runs in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.   His work takes many other forms, though, including sculpture in multiple media, painting, photography, Internet browser-based work, diagrams, prints, video, and the artist’s book. 

Duchamp’s Ideal Children: Internet Art, the Avant-Garde and the Readymade

By Ginger Scott The collective term ‘new media art’ relates to what is currently ‘new’ and has referred to video, electronic, web-based, network, and interactive art at different times. There are also further distinctions for artworks that exist digitally – either through closed networks, on the World Wide Web, or as digital works that don’t need the internet to be

Why Are There No Great Women Net Artists?

Vague Histories of Female Contribution According to Video and Internet Art Download Full Essay By Jennifer Chan Since the women’s liberation movement, various gains and losses have occurred in regards to the representation of women in art.[1] In its infancy, women artists co-opted video as a mass medium for channeling affective and durational realities. Eventually, the migration of video to

Within Post-Internet | Part I

By Louis Doulas C o m p r e h e n s i o n While Post-Internet is a term still awkwardly vague to many, it was first conceived by artist Marisa Olson, most widely encountered in a 2008 interview conducted through the website We Make Money not Art.  Her definition acknowledges that internet art can no longer be

A Case Study on the Influence of Gestural Computing

By Nicholas O’Brien As the proliferation of tablet computing and mobile browsing has developed over the past two years, I’ve begun to notice an aesthetic shift in the visual vernacular used to describe our surrounding non-technological environment. The emergence of gesture based computing and mutli-touch screen interactivity has become such a powerful common pantomime that even popular advertising has begun