6th November – 6 PM – Regional Museum of Natural Science - via Giolitti 36, Torino
The best way to understand the future is to look twice as far into the past. Fifteen years ago, “net.art” was created, to name a distinctly new form of art that used the Internet as its creative platform.
Nowadays half the world’s population is on the World Wide Web, and people have begun the speak of the “Legacy Internet” as an old-fashioned business. The novelty of the Internet as an art platform has gone away. New net-based institutions have sprung up: crowdsourcing, Processing software, Arduino controller boards, fabricators, and a maker-culture that shares its algorithms. Mobile art apps have appeared on handheld devices, as well as augmented-reality art forms that are digital but don’t work on the Internet.
Old analog distinctions between art, science, engineering, design and software coding are disintegrating. Many of yesterday’s cultural controversies have not been settled — instead, they have been made irrelevant.