Founded in 1995, Moscow WWWArt Centre was one of the first internet art
galleries on the European continent. Its focus was mainly on Russian
artists working with the internet as an artistic medium.
Short text by Alexei Shulgin: "Putting artists online"
Eastern European Art scene, as is known
is characterised by historical separation
and geographical remoteness (especially
in case of Russia) from established
centres of contemporary art / culture.
Artists here live and work in conditions,
completely different from those in the
West. Lack of cultural institutions and
state/private support, poor
communications with the international art
world on one hand bring a lot of challenge
and sincerity (almost completely lost in
western part of the world) into artist's
motivations. But on the other, many
interesting ideas, projects and exhibitions
remain underestimated, don't become an
integral part of the international culture
One of the most essential aims of
Moscow WWWArt Centre therefore is to
follow local art scene and to put the most
interesting projects / art works (especially
those that easily fit the internet format)
on-line, giving to artists, originally
confined by their life and work
circumstances, a possibility of much
broader international audience.
During the last months Moscow WWWArt
Centre has produced internet
presentations of various projects / art
works of Moscow artists. Some of them,
like "All for Sale" by Aliona Martinova
or "Contemporary Art Workshop"
have attracted a lot of response from the
international net audience.
Moscow WWWArt Centre was originally online at http://sunsite.cs.msu.su/wwwart