Editor’s note: Even we get sick of our own opinions. So rather than send one person to survey an event as large as the New York Art Book Fair, we asked a handful of artists, writers, curators, and designers for their picks. Good news: they came back to us with an indispensable reading list based on decades of experience and reflection. We know what we’re getting for Christmas this year.
The art world may soon see the end of techno-utopianism. At least, that’s the impression I got from an afternoon of well-attended panels at Pratt’s PHATT-B digital arts fest on Saturday. Net art savants tended to express optimism about sharing and expression– but often, couched in a more realistic understanding of the Internet’s industrial and social fallout.