The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston has organized an exhibition which tells a story about the web’s influence on art from 1989 to the present. The show is on view from 7.02 until 20.05.2018.

For the last 30 years, it has beenTim Berners-Lee and the invention of the World Wide Web which changed culture. Even so, the correlation between art and web seems to be constantly skipped museums and galleries. The exhibition created by the ICA Boston is described as ‘’the first major museum show ever devoted to the way the internet has shaped contemporary art’’. 

‘’Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today’’ presents works by more then 60 artists including Harun Farocki, Ed Atkins, Pierre Huyghe, and Cao Fei. It also shows different mediums of art, for example: digital video essays by Hito Steyerl and Camille Henrot as well as paintings by Albert Oehlen and Laura Owens. 

“We’re thinking of the Internet as a social construct. We define it as a set of relationships that have changed everything about our culture—how we eat, how we date, how we shop, how we travel, and how we see. This is not a show of technology… it’s a show about technology. The Internet has now been around long enough that we can take a step back and examine how it has changed the production of art as well.’’ – says Eva Respini, the ICA Boston’s chief curator who organized the show with the assistant curator – Jeffrey De Blois. 

Another theme which is strongly accented is globalization – the show includes artists from 21 countries. As Respini says: ‘’We didn’t want to assume a worldview of the internet that’s our own. We tend to think of the internet as universal, but in fact, only 40 percent of the world’s population has access to it. For some, there’s a sense of the utopic possibility of the Internet—such as people like Nam June Paik, whose work previsioned a world of universal connectivity. Others have a more dystopian view of it, which I think is the prevailing view today—about algorithmic bubbles, about fake news, and people like the Yams Collective, talking about the role of activism and how we think everything is visible online - but in fact, this is not true.”


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