The EX(it) Libris collection adds a sixth title. Manifiestos sobre el arte y la red. 1990-1999 is a book in which the author Paz Sastre works as editor to carry out an exercise in the recovery, analysis and cataloging of manifestos published at the end of the 20th century. The book seeks to document the social history of the Internet through the voices that actively participated in its definition.
During the 1990s, manifestos devoted to exploring the relationships between art and the growing expansion of the web abounded. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of the World Wide Web, the era of the “pioneers” of the 1980s was fading and the limits of the “electronic frontier” and its future were beginning to be discussed. Artists, activists, hackers, writers, musicians, researchers, curators or theorists expressed in manifestos their political concerns and aesthetic bets of the moment that are still current today. This publication brings them together for the first time in an unpublished selection populated by web links that exceed the margins of printed paper and transform the book into a time machine, a non-stop journey through the “cyberspace” of the 20th century. The book includes a free downloadable digital version with all the links.
Paz Sastre Domínguez (Madrid, 1975) has a degree in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a PhD in Communication from the Complutense University of the same city. For years she has moved her residence to Mexico City where she works as Associate Professor of the Department of Arts and Humanities at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Her work focuses on the transformations of digital culture from the perspective of visual studies, critical studies, and media archeology.
Selection of texts from:
ADILKNO/BILWET, Akke Wagenaar, Alexei Shulgin, Alexei Shulgin and Natalie Bookchin, Amy Alexander, Andreas Broeckmann, Antoni Muntadas, autonome a.f.r.i.k.a. gruppe, Luther Blissett & Sonja Brünzels, Ben Russell, Bruce Sterling, Claudia Giannetti, Critical Art Ensemble, El ABC del Tactical Media, Francesca da Rimini, Geert Lovink y David García, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Guy Bleus (et al.), Hakim Bey (Peter Lamborn Wilson), James Wallbank, John Eden, Raido AAA, Manifiesto WorkSpace, Mark Amerika, Mark Dery, Marko Peljhan, Matthew Fuller, Monochrom, Morgan Garwood, Nettime, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky, Pit Schultz y Geert Lovink, Randall Packer, Richard Barbrook y Andy Cameron, Richard Barbrook and Pit Schultz, Roy Ascott, Sadie Plant, Strano Network, TechNET, VNS Matrix, Vuk Cosic and Akke Wagenaar and tecno-contaminantes.