Alumni Book: Amanda Wasielewski
From City Space to Cyberspace: Art, Squatting, and Internet Culture in the Netherlands
(Amsterdam University Press, 2021)
The narrative of the birth of internet culture often focuses on the achievements of American entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, but there is an alternative history of internet pioneers in Europe who developed their own model of network culture in the early 1990s. Drawing from their experiences in the leftist and anarchist movements of the ’80s, they built DIY networks that give us a glimpse into what internet culture could have been if it were in the hands of squatters, hackers, punks, artists, and activists. In the Dutch scene, the early internet was intimately tied to the aesthetics and politics of squatting. Untethered from profit motives, these artists and activists aimed to create a decentralized tool that would democratize culture and promote open and free exchange of information.
Wasielewski received a Ph.D. in art history in 2019 from the CUNY Graduater Center.
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Submitted on: AUG 2, 2021
Category: Alumni News | Art History