A History of App Art in 10 Projects

Net Artists wanted to be democratic. They believed in the internet's promise of a fundamentally open information network, and thought art should have a place in this infrastructure. When Artspace spoke with Wolf Lieser, the director of the Digital Art Museum in Berlin, he outlined a rough progression of Net Art, where in the beginning artists were mostly interested in contextualizing existing projects within this then-emerging form of communication. However, it didn’t take long, Lieser noted, for artists to really dig deep into the functionality of the web and make use of its unique potential. “By being aware of these levels,” he said, artists “started to deal artistically with this medium and make it all their own.”