Z I N E n
a journal of new media experimental visual literary theory practice
1997 OCT 16
"Hey Bill, I want a piece of art", a wife (or a man,
or a child) speaks to the big screen
in her living room, `nice, friendly and a bit thoughful'......
(Who sorts out the art works for her?)...
...and pays some cyberdollars.
She never leaves her home to shop.
(Are flowers or plants in front of her windows?)
One of the brothers Lumière is sitting behind the
film projector in a tent at a fair in Paris.
The silent film 'L'arrivée du train' (Arriving
of the Train) is running.
A steam train appears zooming on the sceen (the camera has
been placed at the edge of the platform),
the visitors are screaming, jumping up and hiding themselves
under the chairs.
changed perception - changed reality
Artists on the Web have to react to these changes.
They have to decide (for themselves) what they want to
accomplish with the new
language (which is a bit like that of Lumière --
I like it), perhaps there exists the possibility to
reach the people again (but in another way), who are clicking
around (zapping) on the Net.
- FAST, FUNNY..... UNCONSCIOUS -
Do we want to get back to the contrary qualities?
we are then at the beginning, taking the very first step
(to explore the constantly changing language).
Perhaps we have an opportunity not only to become a minor
part of the global community --
perhaps we have the chance to be influential.
the visitors will never be under their chairs,
or do they already,
or will they?
Reiner Strasser is an artist and art teacher living and working in
Wiesbaden and Kelkheim, Germany. He was born in Antwerpen in 1954.
Reiner runs a Web site called
The Art.)Watchers. You can reach him by email at
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