Matthew Belanger

new media artist


networked: a networked_book about networked_art

networked: a networked_book about networked_art

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Networked was designed and developed by me using WordPress, CommentPress, and BuddyPress as a platform. It was launched in August of 2009.

In 2007, Jo-Anne Green and Helen Thorington (Co-Directors, New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. | Turbulence) proposed Networked to Eduardo Navas (NewMediaFIX). Along with Sean Dockray (Telic Arts Exchange) and Anne Bray (Freewaves), they developed an application to the National Endowment for the Arts, which funded the project in 2008.

An international Call for Proposals was issued. It defined the project's Goals and Objectives and invited contributions that critically and creatively rethink how networked art is categorized, analyzed, legitimized -- and by whom -- as norms of authority, trust, authenticity and legitimacy evolve. A committee of nine reviewed the submissions: four authors were commissioned to develop chapters that are now open for commentary, revision, and translation. A fifth -- one of the runners-up -- was invited to contribute. Networked is open to additional chapters. See the guidelines.

Networked proposes that a history or critique of interactive and/or participatory art must itself be interactive and/or participatory; that the technologies used to create a work suggest new forms a "text" might take.

Special thanks to Jo-Anne Green, Helen Thorington, Eddie Tejeda, and Andy Peatling.