Juan Martín Prada is a professor at the Universidad de Cádiz, Spain. Since 2007 he has been the director of the platform Inclusiva-net at Medialab-Prado (Madrid). He is the author of numerous articles and essays about art, media, and visual studies, and of the following books: La apropiación posmoderna. Arte, práctica apropiacionista y Teoría de la posmodernidad (Fundamentos, 2001), Prácticas artísticas e Internet en la época de las redes sociales (AKAL, Madrid, 2012, 2nd edition 2015) and Otro tiempo para el arte. Cuestiones y comentarios sobre el arte actual (Sendemà, 2012). He has been a contributor to many printed and digital publications including journals and newspapers such as Fibreculture-the journal, La Vanguardia (Barcelona), Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, DeForma, etc. He has given talks worldwide, including MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León), CGAC, LABoral (Gijón, Asturias), FIM-Festival Internacional Multimédia (Maia, Portugal), UNIA (Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Sevilla), ESAD (Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Oporto, Portugal), CCEBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (Mexico D.F.), Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisboa), CENART (Mexico), Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (México), MAMB-Museo de Arte Moderno de Barranquilla (Colombia), etc.
Since the start of the 21st century, a series of mass participation and inter-relation dynamics have become widespread, based on countless social networks, blogs and vast collective repositories of files shared daily by millions of people. A large number of artists have undertaken a critical exploration of these new social dynamics and their enabling technologies, carrying out their creative investigations and actions within these new reference contexts. In his last books he offers an analysis and description of this “second era” in the relation between artistic practices and the Internet, a detailed study of current net art (blog-art, interventions in social networks and metaverses, installations connected to the Web, and so on) and also of artistic manifestations which are not online works as such but are “about” the Internet in any of its aesthetic, technical, linguistic, political or economic dimensions, via numerous media (video, still images, performance art, etc.). Martín Prada is currently finishing a new book on the theorisations of photography in relation to the Internet.