This third stage is focused on proposals that involve an artistic intervention through a new public space: the Internet. Here you will find projects intervening common use spaces such as Wikipedia or Google Maps, some others that parody or subvert pages for private use, or stealthily invade or infiltrate the user's own computer.
We will find individual proposals in which the artist takes a role of spy, intruder or solitary flaneur, but also collective proposals demanding the massive participation of the public.
This exhibit opens the second phase of the Netescopio project. It focuses on a recurrent practice in artistic productions on the web: the reappropriation and reuse of symbolic materials. Unlike with other technological media, digital media makes possible not just reproduction, but manipulation as well. Instead of invariability, perpetual mutation. The artist’s role on the web will no longer be that of a creator, but rather that of a "redirector" of information.
As an initial phase of the NETescopio project, for this exhibition the focus has been placed on those productions which came about during the web´s early years. Works which experimented for the first time with the medium and which played with its particularities in terms of interactivity, the use of interfaces or alternative browsers, the tactical use of the media, and other strategies which gradually defined the lines of activity during the first years of art on the web.
NETescopio consists of an on-line archive in continual development dedicated to the conservation of works of art generated for the web.
Its primary objectives are to protect, distribute and catalog the abovementioned works, using the Internet medium itself to achieve these ends, thus enabling it to grow and be updated on an ongoing basis.