In and out of protocol: a brief overview of net art

The course underlines some iconic works produced globally and in Latin America, and analyzes them based on media studies, contextualizing these productions in their technological, social, cultural, and economic environment.

What will you learn?

The course is composed of two complementary parts.

The first is about how the Internet works through an overview of the main layers that make networks work.

The second part is dedicated to an overview of net art. Some iconic works produced globally and in Latin America are presented in relation to the layers of the network they refer to, looking at productions that address technical explorations, languages, and reflections on the culture generated by the internet. How do artists and works question the cultural and social implications of everyday life pre- and post-internet? What historical facts have triggered such questioning?

Who is it aimed at?

Interested in discussions about the internet from a pluralistic perspective, encompassing media studies, art history, and sociology.


There are no prerequisites.

  • AUDIO: Portuguese
  • SUBTITLES: English

Paloma Oliveira

São Paulo, Brazil, 1982. Lives and works in Berlin. Enthusiast of open source ethics, curious and speculative, Paloma Oliveira uses her background in artistic practice as an undisciplinary tool for critical thinking and social change. Curator, artist, museographer, software engineer, mother of a cat, and restless by nature, in recent years she has focused on questions around autonomy, sustainability, and ableism. These inquietudes become curatorial investigations, lectures, works, and codes. After inhabiting Mexico City for 3 years, she currently lives in Berlin, where she is co-founder of the Zentrum für Netzkunst, the netart institute.

Mateus Knelsen

Software developer and art enthusiast. For 15 years he has been working with artistic and cultural projects that explore approximations and tensions between art and technology.