Rachel Green

The History of Net Art from 1995 to the Google IPO

Date 2/28/05

Affiliation Curator & Author, Rhizome and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York


Although the scope of contemporary visual art is enormous, internet art is still being established as a legitimate category. Strong works of internet art are able to speak about the worlds of informational technology, databases, over-saturation, hacking, etc in ways that other mediums cannot. Furthermore, internet art's place in post-Conceptual art and avant-garde genealogies remains largely uncharted. Rachel Greene will argue that the internet may be the best medium for those interested in avant-garde and oppositional art-making.

What is internet art? Is it good? Who makes it? Who buys it? Who shows it? Who cares? Greene will address these and other questions in a talk based in part on her recent book. She will relate the storied history of internet art's premier organization, Rhizome.org, and address the future of new media art in a context informed by Google, blogs, and the heightened trendiness of visual art.


Rachel Greene has written for many publications including Artforum, Frieze, Contemporary, and Time Out New York. Her first book, Internet Art (2004) was a title in Thames and Hudson's prestigious World of Art series. She has curated exhibitions online and is currently an Adjunct Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art where she has organized exhibitions including Rules of Crime (2004) and the upcoming Contagious Media. She is also Executive Director of Rhizome.org.

-- As of 2/28/05

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