Some precursors to current internet art.
Common traits that are often shared:
– art should be democratic: everybody is an artist.
– participation is more important than a material product: the network is the work
– life is art is life
– interest in role playing, personal mythology
– pop culture memes as material
Ray Johnson and “The New York Correspondance School”, a network of mail artists.
Strong conceptual (and personal) links to Fluxus (Maciunas, Brecht) and Nouveau Realisme.
Mail art stil exists, in Belgium: Guy Bleus. Also fax art, email art, etc.
Many links with fanzines, radio art, open access television, hometape music, pirate radio and television.
Came out of several large mail-art projects, founded “FILE” magazine that was originally very much mail-art oriented.
Evolved into a pre-occupation with appropriation, parody, deconstruction, self-mythologization.
Nam June Paik, “Goodmorning Mr. Orwell” (1984).
Robert Adrian, long history of telecommunications projects using Slow-Scan TV, Fax, precursor of email, telephone.
Kit Galloway and SHerrie Rabinowitz; several large-scale telecommunications project, amongst others “Hole in Space” in 1980.