Today online, 14.10.2000
::Public Netbase t0 in financial
Government has withdrawn funding for a popular Austrian
web site for artists because of an alleged mismanagement
of accounts Dozens of organisations from Austria and
abroad have published a protest letter over the Internet
- demanding support for the popular Austrian Internet
culture web site - Public Netbase t0.
web site, which is a forum for artists who wish to express
their ideas, is threatened with closure after the withdrawal
of Government support. In addition, the exhibition space
planned for Public Netbase in the Museumsquartier in
Vienna has been cancelled.
subsidy cuts are a result of Public Netbases alleged
mismanagement of accounts. But the group claim that
the reasons are purely political and economical.
Public Netbase site has been critical of the Government
and uses its pages as a base for "political agitation".
letter published over the Internet, which was signed
by representatives of 100 organisations including the
Tate Modern in Britain and Ars Electronica in Austria,
states: "Unfortunately since the change of Government,
Public Netbase has been accused of scheming and of provoking
unjustified onslaughts against the Government. The reduction
of Government subsidies is an attempt to silence the
critical voice of Austria."
demand that the Austrian Government recognise the pioneering
role that Public Netbase have played in media-art and
culture and that they should allow the organisation
to continue their work in the Museumsquartier. Public
Netbase have enriched every cultural resource - something
necessary for Austria, which in this new century should
be building on their renowned cultural legacy."