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Date sent: Sun, 20 Oct 1996 01:46:31 +0200
                          From: (Reclaim Net Art)

                          WHO NEEDS THE ART WORLD ?

                          The past 6 months have seen a huge struggle
against the imposition of the art
                          world in the internet. But the spectre of the
gallerist still haunts us. It poisons our
                          minds, distracts our work and communities,
buries our thoughts beneath a tide of
                          success and recognition. Increased prosperity
for those in the system means more
                          of us distracted by banality. The cosy private
comfort on the inside offers no
                          relief to those stranded in the real world on
the outside.

                          In 1994, 90% of internet artists made their
own work independently - now the
                          figure is 9%. The others are curated. It's too
dangerous to look at internet art -
                          because of the boredom. Galleries pump out
endless repeats, threatening the very
                          existence of creativity on the net. Is this
the medium we want? Do we want more
                          fights over funding, original pioneers
overlooked and their audience stolen, just to
                          fuel the engine of "career growth"?

                          CRAP INTERNET ART is not terminal - the
antidote is in our hands!

                          Networks can be places where artists play, the
creative watch the world go by,
                          friends meet - in short, a place of community.
In the conventional art world
                          people are isolated, fighting their way up the
system. The paranoia of media art
                          scene replaces welcoming and openness of
public colaboration. Reclaiming Net
                          Art is not just about rejecting gallerists. It
is about rediscovering the joys of life
                          without them.

                          Do you dream of a scene where depressed
artists abandon their ambitions to join
                          in the net party? Where mail artists are not
isolated diehards, but a force to be
                          reckoned with? Where art isn't something
happening in the gallery, but a game
                          played on the net? Where success is not marked
by lines on the cv but by
                          numbers of identities? Where no work is
exhibited for longer than a week, web
                          galleries are ignored and bad art is deleted?
Where creativity is not a grey drip
                          drip of direction from above but a flash of
inspiration from below?

                          RECLAIM NET ART!

                          Reclaim Net Art! is a direct action network
committed to ending the rule of the
                          art world. We are FOR spammed, anonymous and
invisible (effective!) art, and
                          AGAINST galleries, curators and the vested
interest they serve. We are not a
                          send-a-donation / get-the-mag / sit-in-your
studio organisation. We are about
                          getting involved and changing things through
our own actions.

                          If you are interested in taking part in our
activities send us your name and
                          address for our mailing list.

                          Reclaim Net Art

                          20th October 1996