Art After The Internet
This course explores art after the internet and how digital media has changed art production through networked culture, and the theories that have driven this.
We will focus on visual, textual, collaborative and performative art works that explore new modes of exhibition with hybrid strategies that blur the analogue versus digital, and on/offline divide.
We will be looking at the aesthetics, sounds and textual traces that talk of a human enmeshment with technology, from software, hardware, and the very material infrastructures that support online networks, to algorithms, bots and proxies.
We will begin to explore how these produce new realms of experience, through techno-stimulation and neural entanglement, bringing about ideas of the post-human and others.
We will be looking at the material, immaterial and ideological structures that produce and rely on such an economy of attention, driven by the willing upload of our personal data within an unprecedented culture of surveillance.
We will also cast back to earlier precedents in network culture, such as publishing in general, as well as artists experiments in publishing, including textual productions such as concrete poetry and the cut up, to consider how we might founder a ‘critical’ approach adequate to contemporary working practice.
Seminars will include: Post-Human Hybrids, Art Beyond Spectatorship, From Panopticon to Protocol, Spam, Proxies, and Post-Representation, Appropriation Beyond the Object, Art and the Chthulucene.
We will be looking at artists/collectives including:
Hito Steyerl, Katja Novitskova, Hannah Black, Yuri Pattison, Eva and Franco Mattes, Joey Holder, Martine Syms, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, Jacolby Slatterwhite, Ann Hirsch, Frances Stark, Constant Dullart, One Life Remains, Amalia Ullman, Jennifer Chan, Jonus Lund, Lucky pdf, Michael Manning, Harm van den Dorpel, Mark Leckey, Jesse Darling, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Auto Italia, Zach Blas, Thompson & Craighead, Oliver Laric, Maja Cule, Erica Scourti, orbits.com, Research Centre for Proxy Politics, Cosmos Carl, Desktop Residencies, Field Broadcast …and many more.
Students must have a good grasp of English language.
It would be advisable to have a foundation in art, or BA entry standard knowledge. A keen interest in contemporary art that engages with new media and networked culture is essential. If you come to this from another arena of study, this is also fine, but please be aware that the level of the course will be around 3rd year BA Fine Art standards.
Who should take this course?
Students should take this course who want to gain an understanding of how digital media through networked culture has impacted and inflected upon art practice today. This may be to gain new understanding, or to develop and progress critically in an already established working practice, perhaps, but not solely, for further study at late BFA stage, or further on to MFA.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Ami Clarke is an artist whose practice is informed by, investigates, and is produced through, the increasingly performative conditions of code and language, in hyper-networked culture.
She is also founder of Banner Repeater; a reading room with a public Archive of Artists’ Publishing and project space, opening up an experimental space for others, on a working train station platform, London. Ideas that come of publishing, distribution, and dissemination, that lead to a critical analysis of post-digital art production, are shared in her practice as an artist and inform the working remit of Banner Repeater.
She has recently exhibited/curated works at Xero Kline and Coma, Centrespace gallery Dundee, ICA, London, Wysing Arts Centre, Museo Del Chopo - Mexico City, Hayward Gallery, collaborated with Cuss Group SA - Ithuba Gallery (British Council connect_ZA), David Roberts Arts Foundation, Camden Arts Centre, The Container, Japan. She continues to commission new artists/writers works through the Banner Repeater platform, and several publishing imprints: Banner Repeater paperbacks, Banner Repeater publishing, and the UN-PUBLISH series. She teaches at Goldsmiths BA FA crit studies, Central Saint Martins MFA, and across the UK, with a focus on post-digital strategies in network culture.
Her work and writing has recently been included in ‘Information’ Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art and MIT press, edited by Sarah Cook, August 2016. Artists Re-Thinking The Blockchain, published by Liverpool University Press, and the Journal of Visual Art Practice, Volume 15, 2017.
Pencil/pen and notebook.
Brad Troemel. (2014) ‘Art after Social Media’. You are Here. Art After the Internet. edited by Omar Kholeif. Publisher Cornerhouse. ISBN 9780956957177
Boris Groys. Art Production. 18 March 2013 FORMER WEST conference (Keynote Lecture) http://www.formerwest.org/DocumentsConstellationsProspects/Contributions/ArtProduction
Janet Sarbanes. An Independent Group? Bernadette Corporation, Post-Pop Collective. http://www.afterall.org/journal/issue.14/independent.group.bernadette.corporation.post.pop.
ÅYR (FKA. Airbnb Pavilion) presents ‘Comfort Zone’ http://dismagazine.com/discussion/79061/ayr-fka-airbnb-pavilion-presents-comfort-zone/
Art and the Chthulucene. By Jamie Sutcliffe Art Monthly 394: March 2016
Protocol.?How Control Exists after Decentralization Alexander R. Galloway http://art.yale.edu/file_columns/0000/8696/galloway-ch4.pdf
'Platform Capitalism' - Dr Nick Srnicek, University of London - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMoKAn1grgQ
The pre-history of the Cloud by Tung-Hui Hu published by MIT press Paperback ISBN: 9780262529969 September 2016
Network Culture Politics for the Information Age. Tiziana Terranova. First published 2004 by Pluto Press. http://pages.uoregon.edu/koopman/courses_readings/colt607/Terranova_ntwk-cltr.pdf
Cloud Time. The Inception of the Future. by Rob Coley and Dean Lockwood Zero Books, Paperback, 27, 2012 978-1-78099-095-8
How do we move beyond ‘I’m being watched’? By Olga P Massanet, published on Mute Magazine January 2009. http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/47119/2392467/1232462630373/How+Do+We+Move+Beyond+I+Am+Being+Watched.pdf?token=2TX4DIg5NYnXsZOTyocRjV4CWOk=
The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete by Chris Anderson Wired (2008) https://www.wired.com/2008/06/pb-theory/
Politics of Post-Representation. By Hito Steyerl. DIS magazine. http://dismagazine.com/disillusioned-2/62143/hito-steyerl-politics-of-post-representation/
Politics of Art: Contemporary Art and the Transition to Post-Democracy by Hito Steyerl http://www.e-flux.com/journal/21/67696/politics-of-art-contemporary-art-and-the-transition-to-post-democracy/
What to do with Pictures by David Joselit http://prod-images.exhibit-e.com/www_petzel_com/Joselit_Price.pdf
Societies of Out of Control: Language and Technology in Ryan Trecartins movies by Brian Droitcour. You are Here. Art After the Internet. edited by Omar Kholeif. Publisher Cornerhouse ISBN 9780956957177
Contra-Internet Aesthetics. Zac Blas. You are Here. Art After the Internet. edited by Omar Kholeif. Publisher Cornerhouse ISBN 9780956957177
Proxy Politics: Signal and Noise by Hito Steyerl e-flux Journal #60 - December 2014 http://www.e-flux.com/journal/60/61045/proxy-politics-signal-and-noise/
Giving What You Don't Have, Expanded Appropriation: in which Cornelia Sollfrank investigates Artistic Research into Copyright-Critical Practice, interviewing Kenneth Goldsmith, Dmitry Kleiner, Marcell Mars, and Sean Dockray – online interviews. Expanded Appropriation, Sean Dockray - https://vimeo.com/60889535
The Binder and the Server by Triple Canopy. The Binder and the Server Triple Canopy editors, written by senior editor Colby Chamberlain, designed by Franklin Vandiver original artwork by Josh Kline and Dan Torop. http://artjournal.collegeart.org/?p=2644
On Wikileaks, Bitcoin, Copyleft - Three Critiques of Hacktivism by Kittens https://gegen-kapital-und-nation.org/media/furball-00.pdf
OurSpace: Take the Net in Your Hands by Stephanie Bailey. You are Here. Art After the Internet. edited by Omar Kholeif. Publisher Cornerhouse ISBN 9780956957177
The GNU Manifesto - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation https://www.gnu.org/gnu/manifesto.en.html
The Project Gutenberg EBook of A Short History of EBooks, by Marie Lebert http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29801/29801-pdf.pdf
Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin by Donna Haraway http://environmentalhumanities.org/arch/vol6/6.7.pdf
N. Katherine Hayles (1999) How We Became Post-Human. Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. The University of Chicago Press. ISBN (cloth): 0-226-32145-2 ISBN (paper): 0-226-32146-0
Donna Harraway. Cyborg Manifesto. (1985). http://faculty.georgetown.edu/irvinem/theory/Haraway-CyborgManifesto-1.pdf
Alessandro Ludovico, Post-Digital Print, The Mutation of Publishing since 1894, (Onamatapee), https://monoskop.org/images/a/a6/Ludovico,_Alessandro_-_Post-Digital_Print._The_Mutation_of_Publishing_Since_1894.pdf
The Silent Revolution: How Digitalization Transforms Knowledge, Work, Journalism and Politics without making too much noise. By Mercedes Bunz.