TRULY VIRTUAL WEB ART MUSEUM
March 26, 1998
The Net in the natural extension of Post-Modernism
and its ultimate arrival of total dematerialization. Digital imagery when "on"
indeed elicits affirmative aesthetic response but vanishes when turned "off." On
one hand "Truly Virtual Web Art Museum" is positioned in this new cyber-frontier
to be a true cultural entity that services mankind - and globally, in such a sphere where
physical museums cannot begin to compete. Yet, get offline and this "museum"
ceases to exist. But yet its presence persists as its conceptual exhibitions are visible
reality, at any given moment, in a multitude of locations around the globe, and in real
time and "places" (cybercafes, computers in institutions and schools, even in
Cyberart transforms art from paint to electrons. Art is reduced
to information, bits of data streaming in transmission lines and even wirelessly through
Truly Virtual Web Art Museum is evidence on the Web of the yearning for
reconstitution of art as we arrive at the gateway of the next millennium, now threatened
with further disappearance of objectified aesthetic objects through the dominating high
technology culture. Spending increasing amounts of time in "cyberspace" -
"life is too short" too - deprives us more and more of time with art
within our physical environment. This leads to the need for true artistic encounter
also while in virtual space.
There is also a growing need, as a true global community evolves,
to possess indigenous high art culture, like any other society. So this museum attempts to
provide this needed interaction - with original digital art for a digital place.
Personal experience on the Internet is usually
solitary. One may feel socially isolated. Through viable online art, a sense of
spirituality can be a source of warmth in the ethereal digital vastness that is the
Internet. Now 100+ million strong, we wander, lost in time and space, travelling around to
strange places without faces. This is the audience that I built Truly Virtual Web Art
Museum to serve.
Crossover into the Internet realm is the absolute
dematerialization not just of traditional art but existence itself for the absorbed
individual. The present day movement back towards reconstitution of the art piece and the
popularity of such work in physical museums is partly a direct result of the Net