Martin Wattenberg

Net Art Idea Line

Mapping lines of thought through time

Net Art Idea Line_Detail

Net Art Idea Line_Detail


From the beginning, net art has travelled multiple paths. More than a medium, the net is an environment uniquely hospitable to many diverse media: programming and animation, video and audio, gameplay and community. Each individual artist picks up these threads and weaves them in novel combinations. The Idea Line is designed to let you follow these threads of thought yourself, and discover how each work is part of a larger tapestry. The Idea Line displays a timeline of net artworks, arranged in a fan of luminous threads. Each thread corresponds to a particular kind of artwork or type of technology. The brightness of each thread varies with the number of artworks that it contains in each year, so you can watch the ebb and flow of different lines of thought over time. (Martin Wattenberg)

Artists / Authors


United States, 2002

Partners / Sponsors

The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY and many net artists from around the world, who entered their data.


» http://www.whitney.o…ssions/idealine.shtml


Commissioned by Christiane Paul, Whitney Museum, in 2002.


, Jun 16, 2004