• My Boyfriend Came Back from the War

HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel); Merz Akademie Stuttgart
Olia Lialina, Sabine Himmelsbach (ed.)

My Boyfriend Came Back from the War
Online since 1996

March 2016, 176 pages, 32 mainly colour illustrations, softcover, 22,5 x 30 cm, German/Englisch
ISBN 978-3-85616-689-2

My Boyfriend Came Back from the War

Pioneering Net Art of the 1990s re-interpreted

Twenty years of artistic praxis in the Net

A project mirroring the historical development of Net-based art

An exhibition at the HeK (House of Electronic Arts): January to March 2016

The trailblazing Net.Art work My Boyfriend Came Back from the War (in short MBCBFTW) by Russian artist Olia Lialina is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. The numerous appropriations and remixes of that work which have emerged over the past twenty years testify to its historical relevance as an interactive narrative on the Internet and as a work of Net art.

The publication presents both the original and 13 other versions by artists such as Jodi, Gragan Espenschied, Entropy8Zuper, Ignacio Nieto and Guthrie Lonergan, and so bridges twenty years of artistic praxis on the Internet. It also contains numerous illustrations and texts by Michael Connor, Roman Leibov, Joanne McNeil and Bruce Sterling.