Video: How The Internet Changed Art
In 2016, a snapshot of Paris Hilton rolling down a snowy slope in Aspen is comparable to historical portraits of noble ladies from the 18th century, no matter how wild it sounds. Instagram app interface instead of gilded frames: Corey Arkangel understands perfectly what it means to be modern. While Liv Tyler continues to sell her book Don't Put Your Smartphone on the Table, and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana tell models to take selfies on the runway, what happens in museums, galleries and art studios? The era of high technologies has penetrated into their very essence, moreover, 50 years ago: for example, when Ulla Wiggen decided to depict the "insides" of electronic devices on canvas. With the work of this Swedish artist and the art group Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT), the Whitechapel gallery team is launching the first Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) in the new year.You will not be bored with it: the long-standing union of art and technology will be demonstrated in 70 of the most striking examples.
Corey Arkangel. Snowbunny / Lakes, 2015.
The year of birth of the Russian Internet (1994, when the national domain.ru was officially registered) accounts for, for example, the appearance of the work Internet Dream by Nam Jun Paik, the father of video art. One of the most important exhibits of the exhibition is made up of dozens of television screens that broadcast chaotically changing images: in this video installation, which has a hypnotic effect on the audience, the artist worries about the ever-growing abundance of information. Those who spend at the computer, it seems, half of their lives will understand it perfectly.
Londoners will be able to marvel at the works of "network" art for several months: the Electronic Superhighway (2016−1966) exposition in the Whitechapel Gallery will be open from January 29 to May 15.
Nam June Pike. Internet Dream, 1994.
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