In Brief

An artist displays the digital – as well as mental – landscape

Net art, a relatively new genre of digital art that is predicated on the existence of the internet and its distractions, usually involves some kind of specialized technical expertise, whether it’s controlling a website’s location address (as with or generally avant-garde site-building.

However, with the advent of surfing clubs, where sharing net-art images and commentary is part of a collective practice, and social media, where shareable and embeddable images are more likely to attract attention, many artists are finding ways to fit their practice into images, which travel easily across the web. ‘Screenshot art,’ in particular, has become popular because screenshots provide more authentic testimony in an often-deceptive age.

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