Faith Holland emailed to “Definitely feel free to re-post this wherever you’d like.” So I am sharing it here. I remember Web Rings in the ’90’s and it is interesting that they vanished and are coming back.
OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Meta Cyber Arts Web Ring
I am looking for artists whose work looks critically at any issues surrounding the internet. These works need not be net art, but they must be available online in order to participate. This work could fall under the rubric of ‘post-internet’ art or ‘internet-aware’ art, but this project leaves that kind of terminology to be self-defined by the artist and does not itself assume those labels.
Web Rings were popular in the early days of the consumer internet. People with like interests banded together to form a ring of sites. Each web page in the ring would have a button marking them as a member and connecting them to the next, last, and a random page within the ring.
As part of my own process of reconsidering 90’s web practices, I’d like to revive this old format. The Meta Cyber Arts Web Ring will constitute a community of artists linked together directly—without Google, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, or galleries. It will be a system of mutual support among artists as well as defining a particular moment in art practice in relation to the web.
To be included, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your website as well as a short e-mail about why you feel your work fits. Please note, this is an inclusive process and everyone that sends me an e-mail will be included in the web ring.
Once I have a group of participating artists together, I will distribute code to include on the main page of your website.
If you’re interested in helping coordinate this process by contributing code or graphics, please also let me know.