Internet Art is an art form that uses the Internet as its primary medium from its production to presentation.
Internet Art characteristics and attributes bring about presentation, preservation and collecting challenges to the curatorial practice; especially if presented in a museum or gallery structure.
Strategies used by early Internet Artists were influenced by the characteristics of this medium; these are variability and technological obsolescence.
Internet Art is inherently process based, ubiquitous, ephemeral and dynamic in nature.
This challenges the traditional role of the curator in a gallery and museum structure.
The curator is increasingly expected to create platforms of exchange of ideas between the viewer of the artwork and the project itself.
Additional the curator also has to provide some insight in the decision making process regarding maintenance, support, contracts and documentation.
Internet Art questions the principles in which galleries and museum structures are based; these include objectification, not touching objects and authorship of Internet Art projects.
These projects are collaborative in nature and created by more than one artist, normally geographically
Mazwi Vezi is a South African based artist interested in the discourse around the collection of internet art in public art collections.
Curatorial practices have and still need to evolve to accommodate new ways of presenting digital arts using new modes of presentation and change in curatorial practice.
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