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Internet Art, The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce
<book> Tate Publishing
For several years, net art has been something only a few people could enjoy, most of whom were themselves part of this culture or interested to it. The subsequent impact with the real world and the contemporary art market generated a lot of mixed reactions, but helped this kind of art to gain acceptance and to open it to more comprehensive approaches which differently recombined the theories hinted at by the works produced until then. In 'Internet Art', the analysis of art made with Internet protocols is made by a technician who's not part of this scene and, even if written for laymen, is precious for its rigour and isn't partial as often are those written by the people involved in it. Avoiding the usual arguments on its name (net.art, net art, netart...), the author writes about the economic, social and political transformations of the Net, reflected by some key works which effectively synthesize these moments of passage. It's a useful historical excursus, complete with the opinions of many artists and critics, and enriched by the analysis of the most common techniques (hypertextual narration, fakes, interface recombinations, the revelation of control mechanisms, remixes of material taken from search engines, etc. etc.), which make it an accessible and accurate work.