But is it art?

Working with the internet to make art



“The internet is the greatest disruptor of our age, making it a crucial topic and location for contemporary artistic practice” — Jemima Rellie

Thirty years ago, the first web browser was born and with it an art movement. Internet art has risen in the 90’s as a response to this new technology. Artists began to figure out how it works on a technical level and to question, research and experiment how it affected the way we communicate as well as the social, political and economic implications. It also stimulated artistic collaborations and has built an artistic community around the globe that connected via the internet. Internet art explores the relationships between contemporary culture and emerging technologies as well as how can we use it to take a critical stand.

The first exhibition of Natural Habitat aims to introduce new ways of looking at internet art and considering it equally qualified, even though it hasn’t been the case due to the medium it uses. We believe it is very much connected to art history because it reflects our society. After all, artists comment on the conditions of their time, and the internet is part of this.

Some might still ask themselves ’But is it art?’. We are not saying we have the perfect answer to that nor do we claim to have the final interpretation of these pieces. That’s why we invite every visitor to contribute to the discussion by commenting the exhibited works.

The works in this show meet in the intersection of media, technology, and politics. The mediums used vary from video, performance, collage to images. Even the first collectibles native to the blockchain. The exhibition follows the mission of the museum to support the creation, presentation, mediation, narration, preservation and collection of emerging practices that engage technology and intermedia work.

Curated by Diana Lira
Built by Alex Kälin

Penelope Umbrico

Suns from Sunsets from Flickr,
2016 – ongoing

Photos
on Flickr

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Oliver Lanic

50 50, 2007

Video

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Cryptokitties

Precious Yankeekip, 2019

Blockchain Token

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Martine Neddam

*MOUCHETTE*, 1996 – ongoing

Website

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Eva and Franco Mattes

No Fun, 2010

Video

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Vuk Ćosić

Documenta Done, 1997

Website

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An Xiao Mina

The Artist is Kinda Present, 2010

Performance

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Cory Arcangel

Data Diaries, 2003

64 Videos, Website
commissioned by turbulence.org / restored by Rhizome

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Signe Pierce

Instagram, 2012 – ongoing

Photos
on Instagram

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Martijn Hendriks

Untitled (Black Video), 2009

Video

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Constant Dullaart

DVD guy: Humans Saver, 2010

Video
on reddit

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But is it art? Let's continue the discussion.