About the redesign of JavaMuseum
20 years after the foundation of JavaMuseum, it would be wrong to say, the museum would be completely obsolete, but if it existence is to have relevance, at all, the idea of JavaMuseum needs to be re-thought and the museum completely re-organised and re-constructed – taking particularly into account, that only a share of all art works included in JavaMuseum are still existing. In many cases not only the artworks, but also the artists vanished without any trace. So, in many cases the originally designed and created interface of the shows is representing no more than an empty shell, because it is including just dead links. It does not make much sense to visit JavaMuseum, if the artworks are missing.
So, the redesign of JavaMuseum needs to document the original interface as an historical document, as well as make those artworks and artists visible which are still existing.
The retrospective of NewMediaFest2020 is also the attempt to give such a redesign perspectives. Similiar to the monthly netart features and the featured netartist of the month, JavaMuseum will focus less on individual art works, but the net based works of those artists whose works are still online and for any user available.
A virtual museum for virtual art, that’s what JavaMuseum is representing – has to follow its own rules, because the user (visitor), respectively the user’s activitity is getting a particular relevance. Visiting the virtual museum is a different experience than visiting a physical museum while walking passively consuming through the exhibition halls. The user in a virtual museum has to become active for each step he is doing by using the interactive interface. Differently than in a physical museum, the visitor of net based art does not see the art work on 1st glance, and even if he enters an interactive artwork he gets not immediately an idea about the work before he did not try all offered options to explore the work.
Today 16 March 2001, it is finally so far – JavaMuseum – Forum for Internet Technology in Contemporary Art is opening the first netart show, entitled – 1st of JAVA – Perspectives in New Media,
and because 20 years later, today 16 March 2020 most links in the original interface are dead links, the listed links below open the artists biography valid on 16 March 2001.
JavaMuseum gives for the first time – the JavaMuseum Award – to Mary-Anne Breeze (featured netartist during March 2020 on NewMediaFest2020), Jody Zellen (featured netartist during April 2020 on NewMediaFest2020) and Tiia Johannson (featured artist in June 2020 on on NewMediaFest2020).
Patrick Lichty listed below as a participant was featured netartist during February 2020.