At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet


At a Distance traces the history and theory of experimental art projects as Mall Art, sound and radio art, telematic art, assemblings, and Fluxus.
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At a Distance traces the history and theory of experimental art projects as Mall Art, sound and radio art, telematic art, assemblings, and Fluxus.
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"The book is an exhilarating, eye-opening read that restores the body to the virtual and pulls the virtual out of the digital and back into lived and produced social relations."--Patricia R. Zimmermann, Department of Cinema and
Photography, Ithaca College

The MIT Press

Patricia R. Zimmermann

The book is an exhilarating, eye-opening read that restores the body to the virtual and pulls the virtual out of the digital and back into lived and produced social relations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262033282
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Leonardo Book Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Annmarie Chandler is Director of Emerging Field in New Media and Digital Culture at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Norie Neumark is Professor of Media Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne. She is a sound and media artist ( and the coeditor (with
Annemarie Chandler) of At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the
(MIT Press, 2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : relays, delays, and distance art/activism 2
1 Interactive, algorithmic, networked : aesthetics of new media art 34
2 Immaterial material : physicality, corporality, and dematerialization in telecommunication artworks 60
3 From representation to networks : interplays of visualities, apparatuses, discourses, territories and bodies 72
4 The mail art exhibition : personal worlds to cultural strategies 88
5 Fluxus praxis : an exploration of connections, creativity, and community 116
6 Animating the social : Mobile Image/Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz 152
7 An unsuspected future in broadcasting : negativland 176
8 Mini-FM : performing microscopic distance (an e-mail interview with Tetsuo Kogawa) 190
9 From the Gulf War to the Battle of Seattle : building an international alternative media network 210
10 The Form : 1970-1979 and other extemporaneous anomalous assemblings 226
11 Networked psychoanalysis : a dialogue with Anna Freud Banana 246
12 From mail art to telepresence : communication at a distance in the works of Paulo Bruscky and Eduardo Kac 260
13 Distance makes the art grow further : distributed authorship and telematic textuality in La Plissure du Texte 282
14 From BBS to wireless : a story of art in chips 298
15 REALTIME - radio art, telematic art, and telerobotics : two examples 314
16 Estri-dentistas : taking the teeth out of futurism 342
17 Computer network music bands : a history of the League of Automatic Music Composers and The Hub 372
18 Assembling magazines and alternative artists' networks 392
19 The wealth and poverty of networks 408
20 From internationalism to transnations : networked art and activism 424
Conclusion 438
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    precurssors of Internet comminication and activist art

    'The cultural convergence of art, science, and technology provides ample opportunity to challenge the very notion of how art is produced and to call into question its subject matter and its function in society...Envisoned as a catalyst for enterprise, research, and creative and scholarly experimentation, the [Leonard] book series enables diverse intellectual communities to explore common grounds of expertise.' The 20 collected articles by professors, artists, curators, and writers in this book in the Leonard series from MIT press fulfill this purpose. The global communications network for organizing and reporting the demonstrations against the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle in 1999, email art, computer-created and disseminated music, and telecommunication are among the subjects examined in exploring the new forms of art and activism with the erosion of the lines between art, communication, technology, and computer science in contemporary culture. The international group of artists known as Fluxus, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2002, is but one activist group whose aim is the 'elimination of art as a special activity.' The essays offer new, out-of-the-box, perspectives on different much-publicized events (such as the Seattle demonstrations) and report on representative and influential groups, activities, and individuals that are little known by general readers. The essays as a whole give an unrivaled, panoramic view of what is going on in the broad, modern-day field which has come to be known as the media. As much perspective as possible on this widely diversified, extraordinarily, almost preternaturally, vibrant, and continually evolving field is given in showing the sources and precedents of the ideas and activities. Some of these sources and precedents are surprising and intriguing. But this is what one expects from this collection of essays working toward a new, relevant way of seeing the world being shaped by the new media and technology.

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