Art created using software programmes which uses the World Wide Web as a tool for dissemination

In the 1960s, software programs were the digital tool with which artists could create art on computers. Since then, these programs have become so sophisticated that they can now be considered the work of art rather than just a facilitator.

Often software art parodies or re-configures existing computer programs. Web Stalker, created by the art collective I/O/D was a radical re-interpretation of an internet browser and Adrian Shaw’s Signwave parodied the computer program Adobe Photoshop. The rise of software art has led to several international new media festivals, namely FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) held in São Paulo in Brazil and transmediale in Berlin. The rise of software art has provoked questions about the de-materialisation of art and culture and how this has had an effect on the world of conceptual art.