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Internet art, technology and relational aesthetics

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Some contemporary artistic practices, such as internet art, are difficult to understand, partly because their originality and relevance is not perceived. In this contribution, we look at internet artists’ relations to society, and to their position in art history. This can elucidate a number of important characteristics of this contemporary form of art. First, it is interesting to see that the goal of early 20th century avant-garde (in particular Dadaism), nl. to bring together social life and art, is motivated early internet art. The role of technology (the computer, the internet, hacking) is very important in this, and also implied the possibility that avant-garde strategies reached a more widespread public. Second, we present the main points of so-called ‚relational aesthetics’, a contemporary theory of art that considers contemporary art practice in terms of interhuman relations and small-scale social networks. Third, we question the possibility of considering internet art as an example of relational art.
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relational aesthetics, establisment, networks, art, Dadaism, internet

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Galle, Jerry, and Helena De Preester. 2009. “Internet Art, Technology and Relational Aesthetics.” In Proceedings of a Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science, 2009, ed. GE Lasker, Hiltrud Schinzel, and Karel Boullart, VII:6–10. Tecumseh, Canada: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics.
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Galle, Jerry, & De Preester, H. (2009). Internet art, technology and relational aesthetics. In GE Lasker, H. Schinzel, & K. Boullart (Eds.), Proceedings of a Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science, 2009 (Vol. VII, pp. 6–10). Presented at the The 21st International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Tecumseh, Canada: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics.
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Galle J, De Preester H. Internet art, technology and relational aesthetics. In: Lasker G, Schinzel H, Boullart K, editors. Proceedings of a Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science, 2009. Tecumseh, Canada: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics; 2009. p. 6–10.
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Galle, Jerry, and Helena De Preester. “Internet Art, Technology and Relational Aesthetics.” Proceedings of a Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science, 2009. Ed. GE Lasker, Hiltrud Schinzel, & Karel Boullart. VII. Tecumseh, Canada: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, 2009. 6–10. Print.
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  author       = {Galle, Jerry and De Preester, Helena},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of a Special Focus Symposium on Art and Science, 2009},
  editor       = {Lasker, GE and Schinzel, Hiltrud and Boullart, Karel},
  isbn         = {978-1-897233-20-7},
  keyword      = {relational aesthetics,establisment,networks,art,Dadaism,internet},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Baden-Baden, Germany},
  pages        = {6--10},
  publisher    = {The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics},
  title        = {Internet art, technology and relational aesthetics},
  volume       = {VII},
  year         = {2009},
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