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Established in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most influential contemporary art institutions. The name “Dia,” taken from the Greek word meaning “through,” was chosen to suggest the institution’s role in enabling visionary artistic projects that might not otherwise be realized because of their scale or ambition.

In 1995, as part of its efforts to explore new sites for the presentation of contemporary art, Dia initiated a series of internet commissions, thereby becoming one of the first arts organizations to foster artists’ use of the internet as a medium.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is a museum for contemporary art and the newest art forms from the 1950s up to today. The museum was founded in 1991 and became state recognized in 1994 and has as its primary mission to document, collect and communicate contemporary art.

The museum’s original logo includes the words “Word, Image, Sound”, which refers to the museum’s basic idea of working with art that transcends the classical art forms: visual arts, theater, music, literature and film.

SFMoma has been a leader in the presentation, collection, and preservation of media art since the early 1970s. Our Department of Media Arts, established in 1987, was among the first of its kind in the United States. Today our media arts collection encompasses the diversity of time-based works and media installations, including video, film, slide, sound, computer-based, online projects and performancesAlong with Tate, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the New Art Trust, SFMOMA is an active member of Matters in Media Art, an international consortium dedicated to establishing best-practice guidelines for the care, installation, and preservation of time-based media works. was created to explore new art forms that exist only on the web. These commissioned online projects explore new forms of storytelling — taking a fresh look at what constitutes an exhibition — within the unique space of the personal computer screen.

The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.

The Intermedia Art programme is focussed on art that engages the use of new media, sound and performance. Presenting a selection of artist commissions, events and broadcasts; supported by artist interviews, written articles and discussions that inform or comment on the work and its context. The Intermedia Art programme aims to support artists’ use of new tools and new methods as well as to expand modes of distribution and display beyond the walls of the gallery.

Gallery 9 is the Walker Art Center’s online exhibition space. Between 1997 and 2003, under the direction of Steve Dietz, Gallery 9 presented the work of more than 100 artists and became one of the most recognized online venues for the exhibition and contextualization of Internet-based art.

Gallery 9 is a site for project-driven exploration, through digitally-based media, of all things “cyber.” This includes artist commissions, interface experiments, exhibitions, community discussion, a study collection, hyperessays, filtered links, lectures and other guerilla raids into real space, and collaborations with other entities (both internal and external). The current version of Gallery 9 was launched April 2004. The original Gallery 9 is available in the Walker Web Archives.

Online platform connected to the Whitney Museum and exhisting on the museum’s website

Artport is the Whitney Museum’s portal to net art and digital arts, and an online gallery space for commissioned net art projects. The site consists of five major areas:

  • The archive of “gate pages,” which function as portals to net artists’ works. Each month, an artist is invited to present their work in the form of a gate page with links to the artist’s site and most important projects.
  • The “commissions” area, which presents original net art projects commissioned by the Whitney Museum.
  • The “exhibitions” space, which provides access to and information about current and past net art and digital arts exhibitions at the Whitney.
  • The “resources” archive, which links to galleries, networks and museums on the Web; past net art exhibitions at venues world-wide; Web publications relating to net art and digital arts; as well as new media festivals. This archive is constantly evolving as new organizations and resources are added.
  • The “collection” area, which archives the works of net art and digital art in the Whitney Museum’s holdings.

The current Artport site, designed by treasurecrumbs, was launched in February 2002. Artport 1.0 (March 2001 – February 2002) is accessible as an archive.

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