« I go to conferences. That's net.art
actually. That is an art practice
that has to do a lot with the net. You come to the conference.
one hundred and a few people from abroad. That's a net. Art is
the making of a product, which then can be sold in an art market
praised by an art thinker or mediator. Its also a performance.
you are having a good time, its pretty much like when you are
and you are producing something. When you have a good dialogue,
are stimulated to come up with new argumentation, with new ideas,
is creativity for me, thus art. When it is about this type of
like this nettime meeting was, thats net.art for me. The whole
this conference [Nettime conference - Lubiana, 1997] can also
be defined as a piece of net.art, as a sculpture. A net.art sculpture
if you wish. »
Widely known for his pioneer and provocative
work in the net.art arena, Vuk Cosic is one of the founders of
projects like Nettime, Syndicate e 7-11, whose contribution has
been crucial in the development of a European "net culture".
His preferred strategy is probably the production of simple but
paradoxical interventions that mock the conventions and the habits
of contemporary new media culture. This was the case when he claimed
to have "found" the term 'net.art', but also in the
History of Art for Airports o in the History of
Art for the Blind. In 1997 he literally caught the world
of contemporary art unprepared when he stole the Documenta 10
Web site (Documenta is probably the most prestigious European
event as far as contemporary art is concerned), before it was
closed and sold as CD-ROM.