Netart from France
The general media development, the meanwhile grown up artists becoming adult since 2010 making many previously popular technologies and whole generations of artists obsolete, was requiring a rethinking of the right to exist of JavaMuseum, because until 2020, JavaMuseum became nearly an empty shell, only a small part of the included linked artworks does exist, yet at all, others still exist under different URLs. It was the question what to do with the ambitiously running JavaMuseum as a permanent forum for Internet based art.
The realisation of the NewMediaFest2020, however, was pointing to the future direction of JavaMuseum – as an institute for media archeology and the reseach for netart until 2010 as a kind of lost art genre of generations of lost artists.
The Actual Position of French Netart – is not “current” any more, nearly 20 years after the launch of the show at Javamuseum, one could better speak of the ruins of French netart. It is remarkable that not even a handful artists was following the artistic challenges of the Internet as an art medium, many of them created just one or two netart piece before they continued in other techniques or vanished as artists, at all.. But Wilfried is nevertheless happy, that he can feature today, 9 artists and 11 netart pieces, which may give a vague impression, what was relevant to these artists 20 years ago.
The user has to find out whether netart as an art genre may have a future, or if these works have just a temporarily limited relevance as an expression of the time when they were created. Have they a lasting artistic value? The next 20 years will show.
Actual Positions of French Netart