This week my Digital Media Aesthetics class is doing networked art (which is sometimes, but not always, the same as net.art) and today the students will be following Natalie Bookchin and Alexei Shulgin’s instructions on how to make DIY net.art. Their Introduction to net.art is even translated to Norwegian, which I suspect will be a relief to students forced to read almost all their curriculum in a second language. I love the idea of writing theory as a set of instructions, and I think trying to follow the instructions will be a much better learning experience than reading a dull description. I might bring dice so we don’t waste time on consensus decisions as to modes and genres but get straight to generating ideas.
After imagining new works of net.art we’ll try to classify them according to Espen Aarseth’s typology in Cybertext. If it works, great, if not, even better, we can discuss why.