Featured Site of Zero1art.com, a Web art search engine, September 1998
When you start searching for Art on the NET you
end up finding small groups scattered here and
there. Once in a while you find a group that is trying
to bridge the gap, bringing artists from around the
world together, and that is exactly what
Renaissance 2001 is doing.
R2001 is a project to create the
world's biggest art festival on the
Internet for the year 2001.
The artists involved in R2001 are
working to create a new kind of Art
Community. Where cultural and geographical
distance are dissolved and rendered meaningless. I
guess we could call it Global Art, their aim is to
rebuild the kind of direct connection between the
artist and the audience that existed in the earliest
tribal communities. Using leading-edge
technologies to achieve their goal. "Our aim is not
to present a single point of view. The future will
not be like that. It will be like the Internet, full of
In the true form of Web-Artists R2001 is looking at the fundamental
structures of communication. "Unlike other modernist/futuristic
movements, we are not about technology or aesthetic change,
but about a new set of possibilities for artistic communication."
As I surf within this network of sites it becomes apparent that R2001
comes in many different flavours, with an artistic, cultural and ethnic
diversity. I just wish I had more hours in a day to explore this whole
network. From my personal stand point as an artist. R2001 is right on
target, totally inline with my thoughts of Art Today.
This is definitely one for the bookmarks, you'll want to return to the
light homes and see art evolve right in front of your face. This has never
happened before in history. Go visit R2001 I think you will find that it is
a valuable source of modern art happening today.