“Art Post-Internet” was an exhibition curated by Karen Archey and Robin Peckham for the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing in spring 2014. This is the specially designed pdf catalogue whose with the front page is created each time with the IP and quite approximated location of the user. It includes tentatively definition of “post-internet” by Cory Arcangel, Simon Denny, and Bunny Rogers, art critics Ben Davis and Paddy Johnson, academics Mark Tribe and Esther Choi, and museum professionals Christiane Paul, Raffael Dörig, Jamillah James, Ben Vickers, Omar Kholeif and Gene McHugh.
Routledge, ISBN-13: 978-0415893107, 176 pages, 2011, English
Beyond being a co-organizer of four editions of the mythical read.me software art festivals (each of which was documented in a reader she co-edited) Olga Goriunova is an author who has spent a lot of research time delving into concepts of software in art and society. For many years she also co-curated the online software art repository runme.org, which collected digital artworks dealing with the conventions, grammar, dialects, attitudes and enormous potential of software. Her main interest became defining and elaborating the concept of “art platform”, which she has spoken of simply as “a network platform that produces art.” In this book she discusses this concept extensively as a virtuous node for inbound and outbound relationships; one that is flexible and self-organizing, perfectly comfortable with the network scalable interconnections, and able to be “reflective of its own processuality.” She focuses on the environmental system that enables art online, successfully analyzing it as aesthetic, living organism and never forgetting to underscore its relationship with the social web. The investigation is fascinating, starting with the political and philosophical roots of autonomous organizations, before looking at the history of specific platforms (like the very peculiar Udaff.com), artist interventions (the Second Life’s Gazira Babeli) and the structural challenges of a strange beast like runme.org. Goriunova delineates the shapes and dynamics of these platforms in a vivid form, which finally stand out as a new crucial category.