From 1995 to 2003, The Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts hosted the “Art on the Net” project promoting the Internet as a space for artistic expression. For nine years, this project had been calling on artists around the world to investigate the relationship between Art, the Internet and the Society.

After the years of the “Art on the Net,” we launched a new project called the “netarts.org”. The Exhibition section of the project will feature recent developments in Internet Art and is open to all forms of creative expression that use the Internet as their primary medium.

The selection committee 2007

Mark Amerika, Susan Hazen, Agnese Trocchi, John Hopkins and You Minowa.

The theme of the exhibition this year is “Embodied Praxis – Real Life 2.0.”

“Embodied Praxis – Real Life 2.0”

For those of us who use the net, watch TV or SMS friends, we find that we tend to spend a lot of our time peering into one screen or another during our waking hours. Changing images float in front of our eyes as the disruptive sounds and jingles of our prosthetic devices keep us under the spell of the network. Texts flow into focus for as long as we need to retain them, and just as effortlessly gush out again through our fingertips into the ether.

Embodied Praxis – Real Life 2.0 draws on these telematic interactions and examines how art and artists take up these strands and weave them into daily life. However, the projects showcased will not dwell on the ways in which these digital traces are drawn from our lived lives rather they will manifest how our real lives are constructed around these embedded threads; and how their telematic substance is injected into the praxis of daily life.

The projects selected (will) track those nomadic flows as they are propelled across borders and through different languages; producing scenarios – political, commercial and cultural – that net those fluctuating moments in new and distinct cultural spaces. Although we recognise that these specific moments – such as sending/receiving an sms or a real time interaction in Second Life are primarily transitory in their essence and serve more to delocalise us in non spaces (Auge’) than locate us in embodied space – we also acknowledge the ways in which these concrete threads actively constitute the social self and, by association, serve to construct the complex fabric of Real Life.

Call for the nomination

This year, the artworks for the exhibition and the “netarts.org 2007 prize” will be chosen by our Selection Committee. The prize fee for the top selection will be 200,000 yen.

The members will make their own nominations, but we will accept nominations from the web also. Please send your nomination to us directly from here. DO NOT SEND YOUR NOMINATIONS TO SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

Nomination Form

To nominate, please e-mail the following information to webmaster@netarts.org directly:

  1. The URL address of your nomination.
  2. If you are the copyright holder of the nomination, your name, physical Address, phone number/fax. number, e-mail address are required.

The schedule

We will accept nominations by mail from 15th, July 2007 to 15th, Sept. 2007.

The award-winning artwork will be selected by 15th Oct.. The exhibition will be launched 15th, Nov. 2007. We will soon announce some physical events to take place in Nov. at the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo.