“Post-internet” artists create complex work exploring the “virtualized” quality of contemporary experience—the sense that one’s identity could be located here in “real” life and there in the network at the same time. Artist Kevin Bewersdorf’s recent one-person performance at the New Museum, PureKev, for example, makes this point explicit by delineating between Kev the body in the room, and PureKev the virtual expression of this body in the room. Building on his previous writings on post-internet artists Ryan Trecartin and Guthrie Lonergan, Gene McHugh’s Post-Internet blog included well researched and critical analysis of new media artists designed to foster a lively discussion on new media art. Gene McHugh has written about the relationship between art and technology for Rhizome and Artforum, and was a panelist at “Internet Browser as Exhibition Space‚” a roundtable conducted as part of the exhibition In Real Life. He is currently writing about the Franklin Street Art Center, a largely undocumented downtown Manhattan art space where seminal work in new media art took place in the 1970s. McHugh studied film at New York University and received a graduate degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, where he also curated a solo show with the post-internet artist Marisa Olson.
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