the stalk was a cross between something that grows - like a plant stalk - and something that obsessively seeks - stalks.

the stalk was set up by Siraj Izhar in 1997.
the stalk was about independent work in the mid-nineties and how artists increasingly sought to shape their own environments through their work.
The stalk was about growing artist-created environments as the work, not of artists producing work for institutions.

the stalk true to its name was a wandering exercise, discussion-led and beyond curation, involving some 20 artists' practices.

The free server was set up at the same time as the stalk.
the stalk on the ground ended around the year 2000 but the stalk net continues as a shared resource.

Special thanks to:
All the artists who contributed freely to the stalk.
James Stevens at backspace for hosting the first series of stalks.
James Cronin of flirble for providing server support.
David Herbert of webmast for continued support.