Net art, net.art, Internet art, Web art, online art... whatever you call it, the concept remains the same: Net art is art that uses the Internet as an artistic medium, and which could not exist without it. The latter characteristic distinguishes it from art that merely appears on a web page. Net artists engage with the Internet as a medium in the same way that painters use paint and musicians use music. And like the fields of painting and music, net art can be as creative, as personal, as political, as forceful or as playful as the artist desires.
This pathfinder is designed to provide introductory research tools to the newcomer to net art.
Dan Koster for
SILS at UNC–Chapel Hill