« That digital technology has an aesthetic
side to it is something that even the certified programmers at
Microsoft have understood. I do, however, think that we’ve reached
a turning point leading to a distinction between what we used
to call "art" and digital technology.
While the cultural commonplaces now find themselves in a kind
of “Byzantine loop”, simulating scandals and malaise that have
been around for nearly a century, beneath the Web’s surface crust
runs a different train of thought, one that smacks of "modification".
A sort of "society without show business". One that
There are certain needs, expressions and processes whose form
would be unthinkable outside the Web. I think of these forms as
a kind of “native digital aesthetic ". I have very little
interest in "artists" who try their hands at a work
of web art so that they feel they are keeping up with the times.
When cultural-institutional rhetoric tries to “open doors to the
future” for today’s youngsters, the effects are almost comical.
The word "new" always has something of a stale ring