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Yogi Berra said, "If you don't know where you've been, how can you know where you are?" Perhaps it would help to review how computer graphics and Pygoya got to this point in the history of computer art that led to the founding of the online Pygoya Webmuseum of Cyberart.
Pygoya began his quest in 1985, the advent of personal computers with 16 color capacity, to create "computer art". He believed then that in the future his work would be an important documentation of early personal computer technology and its progress during the 20th Century. In addition he predicted that someday a vehicle of technology would assist him in presenting his growing body of works in some alternative way to the art public, especially one atuned to the history of computer graphics and with an almost arcane appreciation of its idiosyncratic qualities as a new art medium. To these ends, the artist has kept his "nose to the grindstone" and faithfully produced digital images by the thousands, all from a succession of personal computers that came and went over time. Yes, Pygoya has exhibited extensively as any professional artist must do. Photographs and printouts, the usual forms of presentation for digital artists, were framed and exhibited in galleries and museums. His growing body of large digital image paintings for the most part have never been exhibited., other than the first set of six works ("the Noho Series") done for his New York deput solo show at Nishi Noho Gallery in Manhattan back in 1987. The artist just was not interested to "show" the growing body of works, but remained totally absorbed and involved in the "creation of a major collection of art that gives spirituality to its origin of technology". As predicted, a major window of opportunity to offer public revelation of the existence of this body of works came about with the advent of the Internet 's World Wide Web phenomenum. In the mind of the artist, what could be more natural and consistent than to display such works derived from the computer in a virtual gallery on the computer? With great enthusiasm the works were declared, edited and exhibited as "cyberart" in the cyberspace of the Web (Webfelt Museum of Cyberart, online pilot site, 1996), as his planned contributions to the "emerging cyberculture" of the Internet. Later works actually start with inspiration from the Internet experience, thereby deriving its content and origin from the actual online life of the artist. The historic first three such works, created in 1996, are"Cyberspace", "Chatroom Lovers" and "Webman". These subject or content Internet related works were soon followed by experimental art concepts inspired by the online art presentation potential. Some of these early efforts of cyberart are found in the Potpourri Gallery (1997). In his wildest dreams, Pygoya considers himself an artist cyber-colonist of the Worldwide Web, offering an art form spin off from the more data driven and expressionless application of the information compiling and incessant processing functions of high technology.
After one year of planning and developing, the Pygoya Webmuseum of Cyberart was launched in 1997. Intitial work with strictly 2D HTML of scrolling graphic art files proved unsatisfactory and an online attempt of one month was terminated. However the Webfelt Museum (www.webfelt.com) assisted in teaching how not to present the "cyberart" and museum concept on the Web and thereby served as a learning experience and stepping stone to the dedicated virtual reality format of the Pygoya Webmuseum of Cyberart. In a sense, as constructed, the site is "ahead of its time" technologically since future Internet speed is needed to facilitate browser total experience of the designers' desired (and therefore constructed) comprehensiveness of this virtual museum. Hopefully with expanded bandwidth and alternative vehicles of transmitting information the Pygoya Webmuseum of Cyberart will be compatible as is, even as updates are planned as the necessity to keep any website vital. It is a dream to have the museum become a staple attraction of a multi-media conglomerate that eventually becomes just another channel on television.
a from the past-
Historic Webfelt Museum Homepage, predesessor of the Pygoya Webmsuem of Cyberart, lasting only l month online before being aborted off the Web due to internal mismanagement, programming difficulties, design complications and server problems; September 14-October 15, 1996. First online preopening announcement of the Webfelt was placed on a local Honolulu server in 1996.