Tatiana Bazzichelli: Networking: The Net as Artwork (2006/2008) [IT, EN]

7 February 2009, dusan

“A reconstruction of the history of artistic networking in Italy and of the Italian hacker communitiy from the 1980s to date.

Networking means to create nets of relations, where the publisher and the reader, the artist and the audience, act on the same level. The book represents a first tentative reconstruction of the history of artistic networking in Italy, through an analysis of media and art projects which during the past twenty years have given way to a creative, shared and aware use of technologies, from video to computers, contributing to the creation of Italian hacker communities.

The Italian network proposes a form of critical information, diffused through independent and collective projects where the idea of freedom of expression is a central theme. In Italy, thanks to the alternative use of Internet, during the past twenty years a vast national network of people who share political, cultural and artistic views has been formed.

The book describes the evolution of the italian hacktivism and net culture from the Eighties till today. At the same time, it builds a reflection on the new role of the artist and author who become networker, operating in collective nets, reconnecting to Neoavant-garde practices of the 1960s (first and foremost Fluxus), but also Mail art, Neoism and Luther Blissett.

A path which began in BBS, alternative web platforms diffused in Italy through the 1980s even before Internet even existed, and then moved on to Hackmeetings, to Telestreet and networking art of different artists such as 0100101110101101.ORG, [epidemiC], Jaromil, Giacomo Verde, Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici, Correnti Magnetiche, Candida TV, Tommaso Tozzi, Federico Bucalossi, Massimo Contrasto, Mariano Equizzi, Pigreca, Molleindustria, Guerriglia Marketing, Sexyshock, Phag Off and many others.”

Preface by Derrick de Kerckhove,
Publisher Costa & Nolan, Milan, 2006
Creative Commons Attribuzione-Noncommerciale-Condividi allo stesso modo 2.5 Italia
ISBN 8874370474, 9788874370474
333 pages

English edition
Preface by Derrick De Kerckhove
Epilogue by Simonetta Fadda.
Publisher DARC, Digital Aesthetics Research Center of Aarhus University, 2008
GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3, November 2008
336 pages

Publisher (EN)

Networking. La rete come arte (Italian, 2006, 4 MB, added on 2016-2-19)
Networking. The Net as Artwork (English, 2008, PDF, 3 MB)

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