Why I want more web art

This article was written in 2013. It might or it might not be outdated. And it could be that the layout breaks. If that’s the case please let me know.

Yesterday I wrote down some thoughts about the idea that we need more artists working with the web as a medium. Right now we approach the web from a purely functional direction, I think there are more ways to work with it. I am especially interested in the fact that you do not control the way a user sees your work. That fact alone should be an incredible source of inspiration and research for artists. What happens to a work of art on different types of monitors? On different screen sizes, on fast and slow computers. Different kinds of interaction make the visitors experience the work differently. Even network speed and reliability add a layer of obscurity to the final appearance of the work.

This sounds like the walhalla for artists, yet there are so few who work with the web as a medium and explore its incredible weirdness. Could it be that the web is not understood yet, as Maaike suggested? In that case, can someone please introduce me to a professor on an art school? I’d love to help them getting started with this idea.