Who is Robert Smithson

Here are some notes from my first digital art class back in 1999. It’s interesting to see how this influenced my thinking about free content, where art exists, and what temporal adjustments do to art.

Site vs. Non-site? Anecdotes
Define Structure
Context | What is HTML?
Content | What is the Internet?

Does definition change?
Place | Server (does it exist if no one sees it?)

Smithson (1938-1973)
“Earthwork Artist of the 1960’s”
Tools: Dump trucks & Bulldozers
Photographed himself in slide form.

Gertrude Stein influenced Smithson
Robert Ryman in terms of white
Barbara Kruger

What is viewpoint?
(at this point I have two URLs that sadly no longer work from wired.com and zkm.de )

Record of Smithson disappear
15 frames/second

Does it last, does it exist?

Published by Pete Ippel

Pete Ippel, the son of a dancer and a musician, was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has been surrounded by the arts since birth. He moved to Morris, Illinois in 1989 and started to participate in athletics rather than dance. After high school, Pete attended Cornell University where he received a BA in psychology and a BFA in photo / digital art making. He continued to follow his sporting dreams in the high jump, which culminated in a school record leap of 7 feet 1/2 inch in 2001. In May 2004 he attained an MFA degree in the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Presently Pete is a practicing artist whose work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in New York, California, and internationally. Mr. Ippel resides in Working Artists Ventura, a sustainable artist community in southern California. In addition, he teaches art, is a web developer, an active blogger, and still high jumps from time to time. As a passionate problem solver and a pragmatic optimist, Pete’s art and his life are full of exciting challenges.

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