a year ago, on this date, I
wrote the first reviews [at right] for Net Art Review. These were
quite simple, short and straight to the point. The aim
of the online resource, at that time, was to provide access to material
that would be interesting and in some ways important to the online community,
while also serving as a bridge to people who were not too familiar with
The challenge that immediately faced NAR (acronym for Net Art Review)
was to create a community of writers who would consistently contribute
material. In the beginning, I asked people I was acquainted with to write
for the resource, just to see where the project went. These early contributors
are Kristen Palana and Ludmil
Trenkov. Garland Kirkpatrick—a well
respected Graphic Designer in the Los Angeles area—became NAR’s
design consultant. I also realized the website would need some quality
control, so I asked a long time friend, Yong S. Kim, a former technical
writer and editor who had just moved back from the Boston area, to edit
more extensive texts now known as the Weekly Features. Shortly thereafter,
Garrett Lynch joined, and a few days later Peter
Luining came on board
as well, along with Neil Jenkins. And this was the netKru for a few months.
And then Lewis LaCook, Francesca De
Nicolo, Isabel Saij, and most recently
Ana Boa-Ventura joined the netKru. Kanarinka, an artist working from the
Boston area, also joined briefly, but eventually left the crew due to time
commitments. At the end of 2003 NAR began to collaborate with Evelyne Rogue,
working in France, founder and editor of Artcogitans, and an exchange of
articles on a monthly bases were started on December with Furtherfield.org.
Lora McPhail, director of postartum, joined Net Art Review as editor in
chief at this time as well.
Now, NAR is having its first anniversary, and I am extremely excited
that it is growing at a healthy pace. The netKru is collaborating
in its development.
We are looking forward to offering our readers material that can be valuable
on many levels. Where NAR will go at this point depends on the dynamics
of our readers and contributors. We are very sensitive to the developments
around the web and internet and we try to do our best to accommodate
as many diverse interests as possible. The more diverse the netKru becomes,
the richer the content NAR can offer. If any readers are interested in
joining as contributing writers, please feel free to contact Lora for
We hope to offer many new features in our second year. And to do this,
Garrett Lynch is now our information architecture developer, who is
the best way to make a transition to a more dynamic and efficient interface.
So, these are very exciting times for Net Art Review.
We, the netKru and you our readers, all have contributed to a resource
that is worth coming back to day in and day out. Knowing that I will
get up every
with the possibility to learn something from someone I collaborate with
is one of the greatest emotions I have experienced during my activities
And knowing that people are reading the material we write is also quite
a reward for the amount of time I invested in developing the portal.
thank the members of the netKru -- who are incredible for delivering consistent
-- for sticking it out this long. I would also like to extend a special
thanks to Lora McPhail, who is doing an exceptional job as editor
in chief. We are
already experiencing a higher level of enthusiasm and only a good editor
in chief can
accomplish this. Most importantly, I want to say thanks to you, our readers.
We could not do it without your support. And so, here is to another year!
ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK ::
ORIGINAL POSTS: Wed
Feb 05, 10:42:06 PM
A work entertaining human anxiety in abstract ways. Artist: Ricardo Miranda
Project presents a character
by the name of Lexus. The premise behind the art work is quite complex,
and worth reading when visiting the
actual project functions more like a short story that loops no matter where
the surfer may click. Artists: Stefano Marotta Roberto Russo
::::: Potluck is
more like a doodle exploring the potential of sound composition
on the net. Using Macromedia Director, this website presents a graphic
interface as a playful
device to manipulate and access sound bits thereby creating simple
Though the music files and options for sound manipulation are somewhat
limited, it is still a site worth exploring. Artist Group:
WEEKLY FEATURE ::
15 - 21, 2003
of the wartime exhibition)
Artist: Neil Jenkins
Military budgets are often talked about, but never really concretely
declared. $817,800,000,000 is a net piece which presents military
budgets in global terms.