Net Art Idea Line
Mapping lines of thought through time
From the beginning, net art has travelled
multiple paths. More than a medium, the net is a environment
uniquely hospitable to many diverse media: programming and
animation, video and audio, gameplay and community. Each individual
artist picks up these threads and weaves them in novel combinations.
The Idea Line is designed to let you follow these threads
of thought yourself, and discover how each work is part of
a larger tapestry.
Launch Idea Line
(39K; java required)
The Idea Line displays a timeline
of net artworks, arranged in a fan of luminous threads. Each
thread corresponds to a particular kind of artwork or type of
technology. The brightness of each thread varies with the number
of artworks that it contains in each year, so you can watch
the ebb and flow of different lines of thought over time.
As you move your mouse over the lines, they
will open up to reveal titles of artworks. Place the mouse
on top of a title to learn more about the work. Click to launch
the work itself. Right-click (shift-click on a Mac) to highlight
other pieces by the same artist.
If you are looking for a particular title
or artist, type into the text box at the upper left. You'll
be able to see your search results in the context of the overall
the Idea Line collection
How was the list of artworks made?
We sent out a public request for help to several net art forums.
Almost one hundred artists responded. In addition, we entered
data on many popular or influential artworks that were not covered
in this response. A text-only
list of the artworks (146K) is available.
Can I get on the Idea Line?
Yes. You can send an e-mail with information about your projects to idealine_infoNOSPAM@whitney.org.
PLEASE REMOVE THE WORDS "NOSPAM" FROM THE ADDRESS ABOVE
BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY SEND YOUR MESSAGE!
(We apologize for the inconvenience but an enormous amount of spam has made this procedure necessary).
In your e-mail, please follow the categories of the text-only list of the artworks (see above) and submit the following information: Artist, Title of Project, URL, Year, Keywords and Technologies (from the list that the Idealine displays) and a brief description. You can also add important works
by other artists that we may have overlooked. (Note that we
currently limit each artist to five works total.) We will
periodically update the idealine to use new information.
How do I update my information?
If you want to update information about your artwork, also let
us know at the e-mail address above.
Context for this work: net art catalogs
Artbase extensive, detailed, up to date.
of net art by Natalie Bookchin, 1999.
Many maps, 1998.
map.jodi.org after a network
Above all, credit goes to nearly one
hundred artists who helped compile the idea line data.
Thanks to: Christiane Paul, Marek Walczak, Laura Wattenberg