This page is lost... forever. Sort of.

Hi there. You're likely doing some research on the history of internet art (via or digging through some Google search results to find some dirt on me.

Sad to say, my original Mr. Net Art entry page has been lost somehow: the PowerMac Performa 5200CD that I had the data on had a hardware (drive) failure, and some of the stuff died forever.

As a quick context, I was living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada at the time and become active in the 7-11 mailing list after Carey Young had referred me to the list after writing an article on The Simulator. I had also recently finished a BFA in Studio Art at the University of Saskatchewan. I subscribed and started becoming involved in the group's activities - including the Desktop project (Alexei Shulgin) and Mr. Net Art (Trina Mould and others). Most of this stuff was done in a few minutes at the spur-of-the-moment and didn't involve a whole heap of brainpower: it was the rapid-action of the mailing list that was its strength, though.

So - although this page is gone, I still have a couple of tidbits and memories of my entry:

(to quote and interject commentary from my 7-11 newsgroup posting, now at


* Contributions to Net.Art in 1997

- I'm quite sure that I submitted my Simulator, which is still online (unfortunately)

* Photos [one casual, one formal, one sporty]
- I think my casual picture was:

- I don't remember what my formal picture was

- I think my sporty picture was:

* Net.Art Statement
- I don't remember what I wrote, but it could have possibly been: "i am convinced that my amiable personality, charming good looks, sexual performance [with proof], good public relations, online presence, and contributions in '97 will convince all judges that i am the man for the job."

* Personal Info
- Not sure what I wrote, although I was 23 at the time.

* Release of the Proposed Mr.Net.Art "GIRTH" and "BUTT" Award Graphics
- These are lost forever: they were small GIF-animated banner ads.

- I've had a couple of people recently ask me about this. The video was an ultrasound video of my daughter, Emma (born March 17th 1998). Although I don't have a digitized copy of the video online right now, a screenshot of the video was included in my desktop submission. The ultrasound video can be seen in the center of the image below:

Emma - the ultrasound baby, is now (as of 2005) a rock star of a 7 year old: she changed my life forever... completely for the better.

A bit of trivia - as a tangent to the Mr.Net.Art competition - is that the screenshot above has hints of things I was working on during the daytime (and dotcom boom) during the same time that all of the 7-11 stuff was going on. The funniest one is the URL (at the bottom of the screen) to "" - now [thankfully] dead. This URL was featured in my most popular Desktop image, which has reprinted in the New York Times and more recently in Rachel Greene's "Internet Art" (Thames & Hudson, 2004).

Garnet Hertz, November 27th 2005