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Bookchin, Natalie

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My work focuses on new technologies in general and the Internet in particular as a medium and subject matter. I believe the Internet is among the most significant media- socially, politically and artistically- of our times. Networked environments have proven critical for both grass roots democratic groups and their antithesis. Both have accomplished a great deal by understanding how to work with limited resources in a networked environment. Business interests have tried so far unsuccessfully to completely overtake the Internet, and repressive governments are threatened by the multiplicity of positions openly expressed in this sometimes chaotic non-hierarchical space. Social life in the West continues to be altered for better or for worse by the networked environment. My practice is grounded in the belief that it is crucial for artists to work in this visible, rapidly changing and politically contentious area. To this end my work for the past 6 years has taken a variety of forms addressing the net: solo and collaborative art production, writing, organizing events, curating, lecturing, and teaching.

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