The Net Work Compendium is conceived as a growing, evolving database of ‘artist talk’ videos from artists with performative, net-based practices. The idea is rooted in the belief that networked performance is one of the most relevant, avant-garde, and significant genres of our time, and in the desire to grow the audience and appreciation of this multi-facetted art form. The compendium is both an introduction to the breadth of performative, networked art practices for potentially uninitiated viewers, and also an art work, installation, and curated exhibition in its own right.


Each video will be a maximum of two minutes long and should be made by the artist as an introduction to their work. This could, for example, take the form of a mini artist talk or performative lecture; a sampler of existing work; a narrated video; screen-recordings;
or basically any other format that the artist feels will best provide the viewer with an entree into their work. [Thus, your name/artist name should definitely be present somewhere in the video!]
The resulting, curated collection of videos will be shown initially at PLATFORM Munich, Germany, in an exhibition called Net Work, curated by Gretta Louw, in November and December 2014. The current plan is to show the compendium on a bank of identical,
wall-mounted monitors, with several videos looping through on each monitor.

The idea is then for the database to be maintained, expanded, and exhibited in the future. Each contributing artist will be properly credited, informed, and acknowledged in both the Munich exhibition and any future exhibitions. There is also the possibility of creating a complementary web project to host the compendium and provide further access to the artists’ work.

Curator: Gretta Louw is a multi-disciplinary artist working predominantly with digital media and networked performance, whose practice explores the potential of art as a means of
investigating cultural and psychological phenomena, particularly in relation to new technologies and the internet. Louw was born in South Africa but grew up in Australia, subsequently living in Japan and New Zealand before moving to Berlin in 2007. In recent years she has received a number of grants from German and Australian funding bodies, and participated in residencies in Australia, Israel, and the US. Her work has been exhibited widely – in New York, Berlin, Jakarta, and Tel Aviv, amongst others – including in a number of public institutions and museums such as the Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Stadtgalerie Mannheim, and Kunstverein Ludwigshafen. In 2012 she released her first book, Controlling_Connectivity: Art, Psychology, and the Internet, followed in 2013 by Warnayaka Art Centre: Art in the Digital Desert, and in 2014 by her first catalogue Works/ Arbeiten 2011-2014. She lives and works in Germany and Australia.The Net Work Compendium Submissions http://www.grettalouw.com

Contributing artists:
The compendium is open for submissions from all artists working in a networked environment who incorporate performative elements in their exploration of this medium.



To become part of The Net Work Compendium send an email to gretta@grettalouw.com including the following:

  •  a URL where your video for the compendium can be previewed (preferred), or (if you must) a low-res (small file size) file, or dropbox link;
  •  a brief, 1 or 2 sentence description of your practice and/or the video;
  • a representative video still;
  •  any biographical information that you think is important;
  • your contact details;
  •  a title for your video and any details of origin/copyright etc. including exactly how you want to be credited (it’s your responsibility to make sure that any sampled material is properly credited, no copyright infringements etc); and your explicit approval for the work to be exhibited both in Munich and to remain part of the compendium to be shown – with appropriate credits and acknowledgements – at possible future exhibitions, whether online or offline.
  • Once your work has been accepted you will be contacted and asked to send a full-size video file.

Keep in mind, the idea is for the video to be an introduction to your practice as a whole – the overarching principles and questions, so unless you happen to have something like this lying around (which most of us probably don’t), it’s probably going to be a new
piece that you create for this project. How you decide to do this is, of course, totally up to you.


The deadline for submissions to be included in the first showing of the compendium, late in 2014, is October 12th.

If this timeline doesn’t work for you, but you’d still like to be part of the compendium and any future exhibitions, feel free to get in touch via email – gretta@grettalouw.com