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Social Media Archeology and Poetics$
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Judy Malloy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034654

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.001.0001

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Crossing-Over of Art History and Media History in the Times of the Early Internet—with Special Regard to THE THING NYC

Crossing-Over of Art History and Media History in the Times of the Early Internet—with Special Regard to THE THING NYC

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(p.309) 22 Crossing-Over of Art History and Media History in the Times of the Early Internet—with Special Regard to THE THING NYC
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Social Media Archeology and Poetics
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Susanne Gerber

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.003.0022

In the early Internet, art history crossed the path of media history and both disciplines conveyed characteristics of each other. Net (based) art did not regain the utopian potential of art, but its social, aesthetic and conceptual approach referenced the future role of digital communication. This chapter documents and examines the role of the art network THE THING in early digital communication and art practice and how it anticipated the future potential to communicate, distribute, and produce. Including the theory and practice that informed the founding of THE THING, as well as an interview with THE THING founder, Wolfgang Staehle, and a concluding timeline of THE THING's history, this chapter also emphasizes how THE THING was both playful and far ahead of its time.

Keywords:   Social Media - History, Social Media - Art Theory, Social Media - Art Practice, THE THING, Wolfgang Staehle, Media History, Media - Theory and Practice, Net Art, Digital Communication - Future

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