“The Public Sphere Engendered by Media Technology: Masaki Fujihata’s Light on the Net (1996)” presented by Imura and Matsui

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  • Curatorial Practice

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  • The Public Sphere Engendered by Media Technology: Masaki Fujihata’s Light on the Net (1996)

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  • In media art, how do we articulate the identity of a work after the media awareness and environment that connected artist to audience at the time of its presentation has been lost? This article contributes to the discussion related to the reproduction of Masaki Fujihata’s Light on the Net (1996), first presented as the internet came into widespread use.

    It was Gifu Ogaki Biennale 2017 that first brought us such awareness. We co-curated the exhibition and a series of symposiums, which examined the expression of how computers and humans relate to one another in terms of art, music, and engineering through works of 3 artists. I tried to find out the significance of existence in the process of re-creation of work and the transition of evaluation through the display of materials rather than works.

    The most important element of Light on the Net is that this work questioned the community the Internet is about to bring radically. That should be analyzed from the perspectives of sociology, the history of technology, and aesthetics in the future.

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