INTERNET ART: networks, performative programming, and web as context

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Art in Games

I think all games, no matter what they are, are a form of art. Even a simple code that only shows letters for hangman is art. The artist made a decision on what font the words would be in and what exactly gets displayed. For my example though I chose Bioshock Infinite. I think the story and environment created is one most enticing ones yet. I was immediately transported to the world the artist created.

Bioshock Infinite


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Host Gator:

– Click Hatchling plan – $3.45 / month + a domain for $10/year

– “Register a new domain” – check a box for a cheap, available domain

– unlick “add domain privacy protection” if you won’t want to pay extra

– Choose hatchling package type

Choose 3 months to last through classIf you can only do 1 month for now, do that and we’ll talk and come see me during office hours

– Enter username & 4 digit pin

  • Fill out billing info
  • You do not need to “protect your site” or pay for anything extra if you don’t want to! – if it was me, I might do sight back up (it is $2/month)
  • Check out
  • Make sure you are redirected to the site
  • You will get an email with your username and password
  • Log in to customer portal with those
  • In the my account page, looking at packages, you will see at the top a bar that says “Get started 1. Set up your website 2. Manage domain …etc.”
  • Click 1. Set up your website
  • Click Start Walk through: How to Create an FTP account (portal)
  • Follow the directions – click hosting, click files and folders
  • Open File Manager – this is a browser-based FTP client, its okay to use this for your file transfer needs for this class
  • If you want to use a different FTP client – and its always a good idea to set this up in case you will need to — from the files and folder menu, click FTP Accounts
  • Click Create a new FTP account
  • Choose a username & password
  • If you want to use a FTP client you can download one from the list in the class resources tab on the blog and use it just like we are going to use the file manager
  • Once in file manager, click the PUBLIC_HTML directory
  • Once in here, you can upload any html files you have
  • You will need to rename the front page of your website “index.html”
  • You can also upload images directly here, but I would recommend creating a new directory for all supplemental materials and then changing all your IMG SRC attributes to match the directory path you have set up

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NOTES ON THE CURT CLONINGER ARTICLE – “commodify your consumption”

Curt Cloninger

“Commodify Your Consumption: Tactical Surfing / Wakes of Resistance”

Applying DeCerteau’s ideas to the notion of artistic surfing


Key ideas defined:

MICHEL DECERTEAU – The Practice of Everyday Life

  • Theories of “production” and “consumption” concerning activities of every day life
  • The “everyday” is repetitive and unconscious
  • how were the “users/consumers” modulating institutional input in the practice of their lives?

Strategy (production) – exercised by power structures, institutions, “producers”

Tactics (consumption) – used by consumers to navigate in environments (created by strategies / producers)


“Artistic Surfing”   – group blogging, internet surf clubs, artists surfing the net intuitively to collect trash, recontextualizing it, grouping it together, compare & contrast, remixing, reposting, dj-ing

-The products of surfing are not discreet pieces of media (relationship to marketable?)

-Vannevar Bush’s memex paths

-Relationship to appropriation art – sculpture of Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, George Brecht, Haim Steinbach (look ’em up!)

-Artistic surfers compel viewers to re-enact the way in which they’re made – serve to teach by showing


Cloninger’s continuum between production & consumption


2.Protester opposes corporate production, but produces its own spectacle

3. “Tactical Media” Artist

4. Remix Artist

5. Artistic Web Surfer (reconstitutes found source material as the trace of a

surfed path through the web)

6. Theorist (remixes in form of ideas)

7. Anarchist Drifter (wanders in order to reconstitute space)

8. de Certeau-ian User/consumer



“tactical media” – (can be forms of institutional strategic production) – their tactical “use” (sometimes theatrical) attempts to constitute a form of “resistance” – media activism to critique the dominant politcal / economic order – the “producers”

“deep” net art – net art made by programmers/coders/hackers who attempt to modulate the network by opening up its hood and tweaking it down toward its protocological core.

“surface” net art – Surface net art is net art made by artistic net surfers who attempt to modulate the network by staying on the surface of the network and tweaking in amongst the images, animations, videos, human languages, and other readymade media that travel across its surface – “passive culture jamming”

“resistance” – Agency not to be controlled by the STRATEGIES of producers. Reactionary, defined by negation

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Peculiarities / LIKES / HATES


“it” “knows” “you”



different commercial systems

infinite subcultures

instant information

lack of privacy / illusion of privacy

it lasts forever – breadcrumbs  – at the same time, its ephemeral

its not really “there” – there is no geographic location


connection – social – communication – information – data

theoretical transactions

no filters – open


new connections

data mining, data analysis, dataveillance



it’s everywhere!

accessible – easy to access  – if you have: computer, resources, phone

easy to use

contact with family and friends – even from a distance

entertainment – youtube, imgur, netflix, facebook, games

information – recipes, planning, comparisons, maps

consumer – fashion, buying stuff online, price comparison

ANYTHING – art! creative stuff

Jobs – freelance work



mandatory – necessity – it has become a utility

email – SPAM!

trolling, cyberbullying,

anonymity –

scamming, false identities, identity theft, phishing



“smart” advertising