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NET GAINS: A ROUNDTABLE ON NEW-MEDIA ART

“EAVESDROPPING ON ONLINE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT digital and Net art, I always have a panic-attack feeling that the air has been sucked out of the room. Let's face it, a lot of this stuff is deeply sucky.” Strong words from self-styled tech maven Mark Dery, but the provocation mirrors a common enough skepticism when it comes to the marriage of art and digital technologies. As Saul Anton, Artforum's new website editor and the moderator of this roundtable, pointedly observes, such reserve is “inversely proportional to the exuberant embrace of all things digital in our culture at large.”

Still, the ongoing revolution in digital technology and communications has hardly passed the arts by. Video, film, music, and photography—even painting and sculpture—have gone digital to varying degrees; indeed, a transformation on the order of that occasioned by the epochal advent of photography may well be taking

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