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Online exhibitions and databases

  •, an online-only exhibition of the early (and continuous) history of Internet art.
  •, a premiere web site for net art. From 1996-2016, commissioned over 220 original net, web and hybrid art works and hosted over 20 real-time, multi-location performances.
  • Rhizome ArtBase, founded 1999. Catalog.
  • Net Art Anthology. Presented by Rhizome, 2016-2019. Retelling the history of Net Art from the 1980s through the present day by restaging and contextualizing one key net art project per week. [1]
  • netart-Datenbank, est. 2000, active through c.2005. Team: Nina Kahnwald, Anna Kohler, Tilman Linden, Thomas Noesler, Sakrowski.
  • project.Arnolfini, curated by Geoff Cox, 2010.
  • contextualizing early net-based art, research project realized at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research., Linz, 2007–2009. Book published.
  • Artport. Whitney Museum's portal to Internet art and an online gallery space for commissions of net art and new media art. Originally launched in 2002, Artport provides access to original art works commissioned specifically for artport by the Whitney; documentation of net art and new media art exhibitions at the Whitney; and new media art in the Museum's collection.
  • Tate Intermedia Art, contains the archive of Tate's net art projects from 2000-2011.
  • netart_latino database, a database of Latin-American net artists. Edited by Brian Mackern.
  • Histories of Internet Art: Fictions and Factions, an online-only exhibition of the early history of Internet art; produced by students of digital art at the University of Colorado's Art and Art History Department, in conjunction with the Alt-X Online Network, ATLAS and blurr.
  • Net.Specific, an online exhibition space for net art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark. Launched Oct 2012.
  • net.artdatabase, documentation of selected internet-based artworks by recording users in front of their screens as they interact with the work.
  •, an online-gallery listing and directory. The archive contains current and past exhibitions with dates, links, and press releases.
  • Why Not Sneeze, eds. Michael Gibbs and Brigitte van der Sande, 1996-1998.
  • Overview of network art projects and events, compiled by Dušan Barok, 2008.
  • Digital Canon, 20 works from the Netherlands, 1960-2000, launched 2019. Compiled by LIMA.
  • Links to net art, compiled by Jim Andrews (VISPO).
  • The Wrong, digital art biennale, online & worldwide, since 2013. Incl. Very Large Works online show, 2019-2020.

Selected recent works

2007 subvertr by Les Liens Invisibles. 2008 fuckflikr by Theo Watson, Jamie Wilkinson, and Greg Leuch; China Channel by Aram Bartholl, Evan Roth and tbx (; Pirates of the Amazon by tbx and Timo Klok. 2009 Web 2.0 Suicide Machine by moddr; Seppukoo by Les Liens Invisibles; Give Me My Data by Owen Mundy. 2010 Repetitionr by Les Liens Invisibles; Firesheep by Eric Butler; FaceLeaks by Dušan Barok. 2011 Newstweek by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasilev; Piratebox by David Darts; motivo astratto by &; Love Machine by Julien Deswaef.


  • Net_condition: Art and Global Media, eds. Timothy Druckrey and Peter Weibel, MIT Press, 2000, 398 pp. Exh. held at ZKM Karlsruhe, 23 Sep 1999-27 Feb 2000. [2]
    • Net_Condition. Kunst / Politik im Online-Universum, Karlsruhe: ZKM, 1999, 42 pp. Exh. brochure. [3] (German)
  • Connessioni leggendarie: 1995-2005, ed. Luca Lampo, Milan: ready-made, 2005, 117 pp. (Italian)
  • Net art 0.1: desmontajes, Badajoz: Consejería de Cultura y Turismo/Junta de Extremadura, 2009, 154 pp. Exh. held at MEIAC, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, 21 Nov-28 Feb 2009. (Spanish)/(English)
  • Virtual Normality. Der weibliche Blick im Zeitalter des Internets, ed. Alfred Weidinger, VfmK, 2018, 208 pp. [4] (German)/(English)
  • Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, ed. Eva Respini, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018, 316 pp. Exh. held at ICA Boston, 7 Feb-20 May 2018. Review: Federici (CAA).
  • The Art Happens Here: Net Art Anthology, eds. Michael Connor, Aria Dean, and Dragan Espenschied, New York: Rhizome, 2019, 400 pp. Essays by manuel arturo abreu, Josephine Bosma, Megan Driscoll, Ceci Moss, Lila Pagola, Paul Soulellis, Elvia Wilk. [5] [6]




Journal issues

  • kritische berichte 26(1): "Netzkunst", eds. Christoph Danelzik-Brüggemann, Annette Dorgerloh, Brigitte Schoch-Joswig, and Michael Scholz-Hänsel, 1998. TOC, [23]. (German)
  • AI & Society 14(1): "Database Aesthetics: Issues of Organization and Category in Online Art", ed. Victoria Vesna, 2000.
  • terminal 101: "Net art, technologie ou création?", Paris: Harmattan, May 2008, 176 pp. [24] (French)
  • WJ-SPOTS 1: 15 ans de création artistique sur internet / 15 years of web creation, ed. Anne Roquigny, 2011, 132 pp. [25] (French)/(English)
  • WJ-SPOTS 2: Les artistes s’emparent du réseau / Artists take over the network, ed. Anne Roquigny, 2011, 132 pp. [26] (French)/(English)
  • frieze d/e 14: "Missing Links: '90s Berlin Net Art", May 2014. Focuses on the 1990s Net art scene in Berlin. [27] [28] (German)/(English)
  • Springerin 1: "Kritische Netzpraxis", Vienna, Jan 2015. Editorial & TOC. Roundtable. Report from launch debate. (German)

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