DepositThe Paradigm of Streaming in Contemporary Arts

Live video streaming as a technique became political with the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. To see images in real time and without the mediation by journalists affected many people not because they shared the same space with the various protesters but the same time. In the last years, artists have started to adopt streaming as a technical and aesthetical format and in my paper I discuss in what regard this might be symptomatic and relevant for contemporary art. Streaming, as I argue, in this context is not so much an enabling technology but a concept of contemporaneity of image and beholder.

DepositThe transformative nature of networks within contemporary art practice

Since the introduction of the World Wide Web in 1991, it has had a significant impact on contemporary art. As a consequence, however, networks are almost exclusively considered as technologically determined, art produced is digital, refers to the internet and is more often than not specifically web-based. This research redefines the role of networks in contemporary art. It proposes that networks are not a specific technology that provides a means for art practice to occur but are a concept that transforms practice and enables a networked art. Networked art is a continuation of twentieth century developments in art including cybernetic art, systems aesthetics, new media art and relational aesthetics. The research discusses these and considers how practice became systemised through strategies such as the dematerialization of art as object (Lippard, 1997) and the renouncement of objecthood (Fried, 1998). Equally important is the emergence of cybernetics and systems theory that explained concepts such as process and behaviour frequently employed in art practice. By defining a network as a type of system, networked art is foremost concerned with connections or links and considers the resulting behaviours that occur. Networked art is therefore not centred on networks as form. It can adapt as technologies evolve over time and as such is considered post specific technologies and the disciplines connected with them.