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21 October 2002

video feature
Netart from France

The general media development, the meanwhile grown up artists becoming adult since 2010 making many previously popular technologies and whole generations of artists obsolete, was requiring a rethinking of the right to exist of JavaMuseum, because until 2020, JavaMuseum became nearly an empty shell, only a small part of the included linked artworks does exist, yet at all, others still exist under different URLs. It was the question what to do with the ambitiously running JavaMuseum as a permanent forum for Internet based art.
The realisation of the NewMediaFest2020, however, was pointing to the future direction of JavaMuseum – as an institute for media archeology and the reseach for netart until 2010 as a kind of lost art genre of generations of lost artists.

The Actual Position of French Netart – is not “current” any more, nearly 20 years after the launch of the show at Javamuseum, one could better speak of the ruins of French netart. It is remarkable that not even a handful artists was following the artistic challenges of the Internet as an art medium, many of them created just one or two netart piece before they continued in other techniques or vanished as artists, at all.. But Wilfried is nevertheless happy, that he can feature today, 9 artists and 11 netart pieces, which may give a vague impression, what was relevant to these artists 20 years ago.

The user has to find out whether netart as an art genre may have a future, or if these works have just a temporarily limited relevance as an expression of the time when they were created. Have they a lasting artistic value? The next 20 years will show.

Actual Positions of French Netart

Features of the day

Gregory Chantosky
Gregory Chatonsky
bio http://and.nmartproject.net/?p=408


, interactive, 2000

Between March 2001 and March 2001, R. Drouhin carried out a cooperative work called Rhizomes which consisted in hosting 192 geographically distant servers 192 fragments of images which were recomposed on the Rhizomes server to form a single image.
The latter was itself a matrix since it was a mosaic of images of trees that represented a hand. R. Drouhin thus shows that the deterritorialization of the network does not go without a territorialization. The visualization of the image of Rhizomes is concentrated but its constitution process is decentralized, dispersed, disseminated.

With Nervures, I wanted to reverse this image path to show that the consultation of Rhizomes was itself territorialized: here the images are no longer visible, we only focus on the physical paths of information between the servers that host the images and a client post, mine. I used tracking software to accurately visualize the path information takes to get to my home.
It is no longer a site that retrieves distant images, it is the consultation of the Internet user that is dispersed in the network flow. The Internet user is himself territorialized, localized thanks to his I.P. (identification of position).


Xavier Malbreil
Xavier Malbreil
bio http://and.nmartproject.net/?p=825

Free forms floating on the waves
, interactive 2002
The “Free forms floating on the waves” were selected by the ELO (The Electronic Literature Organization http://www.eliterature.org) for their demonstration “The State of the Arts Symposium April 4-6, 2002 UCLA, Los Angeles , California “. Selected by the Institut de France in Bucharest for their multimedia event in April 2002


Stéphan Barron
Stéphan Barron
bio http://and.nmartproject.net/?p=862


is a global compost on the internet. You can send a text to this compost, it will be sent back to you every week for three months more and more decomposed, composted.


Xavier Leton
Xavier Leton
bio http://and.nmartproject.net/?p=865


Since 1999, the work titled “Mazecorps” is reflecting a maze-like construction which refers to the possible relationships between cinema, poestry, and networking. That maze has four starting points, encoded by terms representing witnesses of arbitrary arrests. : “now – an arrest – in the morning – a memory” (“by now – an arrest – in the morning – a memory”). The arbitrary arrest of the photographic act is noticed for photographs are the key elements of mazecorps’ story. Also the arbitrary arrest of the writer is clearly intimated since the verses of the poet are featured as sub-titles of a silent film. Above all, handled by the armed forces, the real discretionary arrest of any human who infringes a law is omnipresent. “Mazecorp” actually pays a tribute to Sémira Adamu who was executed by the belgian armed forces on tuesday, September 22, 1998. In the current release of “Mazecorps” (volume I), 12 films no bigger then 400kb each are presented. As for other works featured on confetti.org, we incite the visitor-actor to participate to the creation process of “Mazecorps”. The visitor wishing to be an actor may send either a text or a photography, which would then be integrated to the current work (cf. photographs sub-titled “dire”, which present several producers within a single image. Size: 225 px – 150 px, format: .jpg). Texts and photographs must be sent to mailto: xavier@confetti.org. “Mazecorps” will eventually be presented in situ as an installation, as soon as we’ll find an area able to receive such an installation, where the perception of the audience depends on where it situates within the space. “Mazecorps” is also regularly released on CDRom which are available on request. \


Les Riches Douaniers
Les Riches Douaniers
bio http://and.nmartproject.net/?p=474

LES RICHES DOUANIERS” is an association based in Dijon which has been working digitally since 2000, mixing images and sound.
The Riches Douaniers perform concerts, edit digital images and present their work in usual exhibition venues such as the Center d? Art et de Plaisanterie de Montbéliard, Cabaret Electronique at the Atheneum in Dijon, Forum des Images and
Galerie Satellite in Paris, Fnac stores, etc. But considering that “the twentieth century has freed the content of art, the twenty-first will have to free its display”, they mainly use the net as a new exhibition space. They have therefore created a “Center
de virtualité ”(www.palaisdetokyo-2.com) where they notably develop virtual interventions in real architectures and where they present live web concerts. You can consult their music and videos there.
Since the end of 2003, they have been running a virtual musical exhibition on their site www.karapika.com. It comes in the form of a searchable story, using MIDI, of the hero they created and named Karapika. The Palais de Tokyo Paris welcomes this story on its official forum.


Annie Abrahams
Annie Abraham
bio http://and.nmartproject.net/?p=698


Originally a text written during a stay in the hospital in 2001. The visitor is constrained to follow the implemented exercises. The exercises are based on the exercises in workpace, a breaks and exercise software tool proven to assist the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

All computer workers tend to forget their body, and so risk to be a victim of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) one day. The visitors of ‘separation’ are constraint to click slowly ( as someone recovering from rsi) to see appearing one word at a time of the text. Every now and than a exercise is proposed and all interaction with the computer is postponed. (A recovering rsi patient needs to do this kind of exercises.)
The text seems to be about a separation between human beings, only the last two phrases reveal that it’s about a separation between a human being and a computer.

Being Human

smile on your neighbour in the morning

Actual Positions of French Netart

Schedule for – 21 October

  • BEAP – Biennale of Electronic Art Perth/Australia – 1 September – 17 November 2004
  • La Biennale de Montreal – 23 September – 31 October 2004
  • FestiNova Festival Garikula/Georgia – 5 Aug – 20 Oct 2009
  • A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013 – 23 sept – 29 Oct 2013
  • Corona! Shut Down? – 16-22 October 2020
  • MIVA _ Centro de las Artes – La Ronda Quito/Ecuador / 2 October – 8 Nov 2015
  • Regional Museum Kedianiai/Lithuania – 02-29 October 2013
  • Festival internacional de cine y video alternativo y comunitario “Ojo al Sancocho”, Ciudad Bolívar La Paz, 17 – 24 September 2010
  • ShootOFF – Experimental Videoart Festival Paris – 17-23 October 2009
  • Sguardi Sonori 2008 Festival of media and time based art -CAM_Casoria – Casoria (Napoli) – 5-30 October 2008
  • Le Studio Art & You Paris/F – 13-31 October 2007