How To Be An
How To Be An Internet Artist is the latest collection of new media writings from Mark Amerika, one of the most-celebrated digital artists of our time. This eclectic mix of pseudo-autobiographical fictions explores many of the themes generated in Amerika's internationally-exhibited net art, including hypertextual consciousness, cyborg-narrators, reality hacking, and creating on-the-fly stories via an ongoing practice of surf-sample-manipulate.
Rhizomatically spreading his meme-virus into the ever expanding discourse network, Amerika's fictional rants trace the early history of Internet art as only he can know it. With most in-the-know art critics, curators and web mavens generally agreeing that the genesis of Internet art is inextricably linked to the conceptual work flow of Amerika's cultural production, this ebook slyly relocates Benjamin's "lost aura" and puts the dot back into net.art.
About Mark Amerika's work:
"Mark Amerika not only plays music -- the rhythm, the sound of his words and sentences -- he plays verbal meanings as if they're music. I'm not just talking about music. Amerika is showing us that William Burroughs came out of jazz knowledge and that now everything's political -- and everything's coming out through the lens of sexuality". -- Kathy Acker.
"The real counterculture is not gone. Mark Amerika is proof of that...Here we have a writer who unravels his male heterosexuality as thoroughly as any post-feminist, who's willing to make disturbing accusations against mainstream culture, while simultaneously wrestling with postmodernity." -- Philadelphia Inquirer
"Mr Amerika -- if indeed that is his name -- has achieved a unique and startling beauty in his most artful marriage of Blake's lyricism and the iron-in-the-soul of Celine. Are we talking a new and hard-hitting Antonin Artaud? Absolutely. And much more." -- Terry Southern.
Mark Amerika, who was just named a "Time Magazine 100 Innovator" as part of their continuing series of features on the most influential artists, scientists, entertainers and philosophers into the 21st century, is the author of two novels. His first novel, The Kafka Chronicles, is now in its third printing and his most recent novel, Sexual Blood, has been translated into Italian as Sangue Sessuale. He is the Director of Alt-X [www.altx.com], which he founded in 1993. Publishers Weekly has called Alt-X "the literary publishing model of the future."
In Spring 2000, his masterwork of net.art, GRAMMATRON, was selected as one of the first works of Internet art to ever be exhibited in the prestigious Whitney Biennial of American Art.
Amerika teaches digital art and theory at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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