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Arts: The Art of Video Games:
The Smithsonian American Art Museum opened their new exhibit, the Art of Video Games, with a big festival this past weekend. If you missed it, don’t worry; the real festival, the exhibit itself, is far from over, as it is going to be running until September 30th.
Art of Video Games is, “one of the first major exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium.”Awesome!
SXSW 2012: Should Web Sites And Video Games Be Preserved Like Art Is?
The archive for digital art, ArtBase, was established in 1999, and now has 2,500 artwork records, with more than 520 artworks archived. What constitutes art work? Internet art is any kind of production when the intent behind it has an art historical context.
For example, 2007’s “VVebcam” by Petra Cortright is a more recently archived work. “Vvebcam,” which originally lived on YouTube, was taught in universities and became an important reflection of our times. But since it had 200 or more tags associated with it, last year YouTube took “Vvebcam” down because it violated their spam levels. Since VVebcam is no longer online, here’s a vid of another one of Cortright’s creations.
An Internet Art Fair:
New York Times, Martha Schwendener reviews the VIP Art Fair 2.0, the Internet’s first major art bazaar. It’s 2.0 because this is the second year for the fair. Last year, it had all sorts of technical problems, but this year they seem to have been smoothed out.
The fair is an online version of a traditional art fair, with each exhibitor’s page on the site described as a “booth.” It includes 135 exhibitors from 35 countries.
We’re experiencing the early stages of a new type of artistic and cultural collaboration online. In this episode of Off Book, we hear from a number of Internet experts and artists who give us an introductory look into this intriguing new world of online creativity and art.
Chris Menning, Viral Trends Researcher, Buzzfeed
Olivia Gulin, Visual Reporter, Know Your Meme
Ryder Ripps, Artist and Co-Creator, Dump.fm
John Kelly, PH.D., Founder and Chief Scientist, Morningside Analytics
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