Chat Room: Net Art Aesthetics

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Chat Room is a quarterly forum on art in the age of the Internet, with a new topic for each edition. Chat Room aims to demystify the fundamental questions about art and its broader place in society through presentations, videos, and candid discussion. Join us for this special installment of Chat Room, on Net Art Aesthetics.

Ever-evolving in its shape, Net Art encompass digital work distributed through or in reference to the Internet. Net Art’s emergence can be traced back to the 90s when artists were experimenting with websites, new softwares and electronic interconnectivity, such as’s deconstructionist approach to HTML. In 2016, the genre of Net Art may evoke slick 3D-rendered objects and assertively vivid colors as seen on NewHive or Felt Zine.

When is Net Art beautiful? Is Net Art’s aesthetic experience visual, political, technical, or something else altogether? What can Net Art tell us about identity, power and privilege in who creates this content, within the US and worldwide?

The evening’s discussion features:

Professor Matthew Sparke, scholar in digital geography, in conversation with Tabita Rezaire's film "Afro Cyber Resistance" about global Internet access’s effect on cultural production;

Professor Caroline Simpson, scholar in politics of visual culture, with a focus on race and gender.

Mario Lemafa, new media artist, on creating online indigenous visual landscapes.

Also featuring recorded clips from Jennifer Chan, Tabita Rezaire, Terrell Davis, Jeremy Scott and Mike Grabarek, segments of local street interviews, and more.

Chat Room is organized by Minh Nguyen, produced by Claire Buss, and receives support from The Office of Arts & Culture.

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By: Northwest Film Forum

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