Machita City Museum of Graphic Arts
Art On The Net 2001-2002-2003
Art on the net 2001 2002 2003
Art on the Net – 2001-2002-2003
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts Tokyo
Art On The Net (AON) – had actually a kind of pioneer function, because some people in Tokyo had recognized already early the potential and challenge of netart for contemporary art. Wilfried participated 3 times – in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Actually the 2001 participation was the most substantial one, but in 2002 the AON makers made a fundamental mistake from which the event project never recovered, although it was continued a couple of years further on, before it stopped after the matter as such had become obsolete. Wilfried is still remembering,. what kind of shock it was when after his selected work was confirmed for participating, the selected artists were informed that now they were obliged to play the role of the jury and they had to judge against their collegues. As Wilfried saw it, it was such a disgusting idea because the artists were forced to become mutual enemies. It was no secrete anonymous voting, but the artists had to explain, why they voted for which work or artist. Wilfried knew many of the participants because they were well respected collaborating with him on JavaMuseum and other platforms – so he gave his comment, which can be experienced below, by criticizing and condemning the attempt of the AON makers to destroy the community of artists which had been developed during months and years before. However, Wilfried did not remove but decided to remain in the show with his selected work in order to be able to criticize the makers of AON. The consequent result was, that afterwards AON did not release any open call any more, and lost any international resonance therefore, but hired in 2003 some external curators, one of them selected a project – ” Art of Torture” – which he was participating in, and since 2004 a static jury, until these people discontinued in 2009. What a mess and – what a pity! Because the new media art scene needed such promotors for a promissing new art form! The experimenting with completely inappropriate concepts had killed not only this event, but also violated the reputation of netart profoundly!
RAI – is the public Italian radio and television – the article was published on the RAI online blog.