Pandemic claims net-dot-artist

Wednesday 23rd March, 2022 - Bruce Sterling

Tom Moody, a net artist, musician, blogger, and art critic, died this past Saturday morning from Covid-related complications and pneumonia, according to his gallery, And/Or in Pasadena, California. Moody was in his 60s.

Moody was committed to lo-fi internet aesthetics through the use of old software, sometimes termed abandonware, like MSPaintbrush. He was involved in many early net art groups, sometimes termed surfing clubs, that have been considered widely influential.

Through these clubs, in particular Nasty Nets, Computer Art, and Club Internet, Moody was included in a network of influential net artists that included JODI, Olia Lialina, Petra Cortright, Ryder Ripps, and others. His dedication to the form led him to blog about net art and its possibilities for 20 years, creating a vital archive of the development and analysis of early internet art….