by Marisa Olson
The forehistory of the article you are now reading is that Foam Magazine asked me to write an update to an essay I wrote in 2008 for LACMA's Words Without Pictures book (Aperture/Thames & Hudson); the lengthy title of which was, ‘Lost Not Found: The Circulation of Images in Digital Visual Culture.’
One of my aims with that piece was to bring to the attention of a wider art audience the existence of a thriving group of artists whose work employed the internet self-reflexively – to both celebrate and critique the internet, primarily in their posts to a number of group ‘surf blogs,’ including Nasty Nets, the original ‘pro surfer’ blog, of which I am a co-founder, along with artists John Michael Boling, Joel Holmberg, and Guthrie Lonergan. Nonetheless, there were many important artists I did not have the space to highlight, and one important term I still have yet to elucidate: Postinternet.
Please view online the extended version of the whole essay.