A NEW-NET Manifesto 2012
(A 2012 Decentralized Networker Congress Project)
In May 1972, during the early era of internetworking and ARPANET, before a telematic art presence, mail artists birthed the proto-internet. This was not the network of a school, a fanclub, or an individual central authority. Networking began with a group of twenty six artists issuing a Net Statement and address-list through the coordination of two Polish conceptualists, Jaroslaw Kozlowski and Adrej Kostolowski. In nine points the NET Statement set forth a new era designated as open and uncommercial with net origins in private homes, studios, or any other place where art propositions are articulated. They encouraged collaborative editions in book forms, prints, tapes, slides, photographs, catalogues, films, handbills, letters and manuscripts that had no central point or coordination. They theorized before the advent of the internet, world-wide-web, or telenetlink that the NET could be anywhere. They visualized that all points of the NET are in contact among themselves in the exchange of concepts, projects, and other forms of articulation. And so, the idea of the NET is not “At A Distance”, but of the moment and manifest in many simultaneous communications. This was noted in May 1972 when 26 signers recognized the Net as more than a new idea authorized by cultural centers of authority. The Net can be arbitrarily developed, copied, distributed, and reaffirmed by all who sign and circulate a New Net Manifesto by email, blog, snailmail, in person, in congress, by performance, and through all media channels.
A New-Net Manifesto 2012
dedicated to all net art/mail art networkers
We network all web-lines of communication because we are networkers.
We revel in the process of multi-cultural collaboration.
We contribute as one among many for all.
We celebrate individuality, tolerance, decentralization, overcoming marginalization
We erase the central point
We counter central coordination
No corporate finance
Only free trade/free bARTer
We eradicate traditional boundaries of art, space and communication
We network art
We celebrate free mind and will
We metanetwork from I to WE
WE are NETWORKERS