participating artists :
Cory Arcangel, Kim Asendorf, Claude Closky, Constant Dullaart, Dragan Espenschied, Faith Holland, JODI, Olia Lialina, Jonas Lund, Evan Roth, Phil Thompson, Emilie Gervais & Sarah Weis
curated by Aram Bartholl
new2 is the first show realized in the OFFLINE ART exhibition format. Web-based art works will be disconnected from the Internet but accessible via a wireless network. A high-profile selection of twelve artists from various ‘Internet generations’ – all of whom work digitally and online – will present both old and recent works. OFFLINE ART: new2 is a group show about files, versions and copies that question the idea of endless ‘novelty’ in an era of daily remixing on the Internet. A digital file can be copied endlessly, without any loss of quality, thus enabling a web culture of nonstop creating, sharing and remixing files, which has influenced an entire generation of artists.
Over the last two decades, Internet artists have been constantly and prolifically creating web-based works. Files are often collected online, reused, recycled and remixed in varied ways. A former version of the file is called ‘new.gif’ and it becomes outdated five minutes later, with the arrival of ’new2.gif’. Computers and the Internet don’t require a final version. “I still need to make some changes…”
What is the current state of net art and what happens when works are taken offline? What is the correct format for a work of art that is to be shown in a gallery if it had only existed previously on the web? What is the relationship between Internet art and the ever-growing number of mobile devices? OFFLINE ART: new2 reflects recent discussions among artists and curators about whether or not pieces should be available offline and how this should occur. All pieces in this show are browser-based and at the same time only locally accessible. In the end, each artist decides how and which version will also be available on the Internet.
The OFFLINE ART exhibition format:
Browser-based digital art works are broadcast locally from wifi routers which are not connected to the Internet. Each art work is assigned a single wifi router which is accessible through any device, like smart-phones, tablets or laptops. To access the different art works, the visitor has to connect to each network individually. The name of the network reflects the name of the artist. No matter what URL is opened, only the specific artwork appears in the browser. A small web server holding the art piece is installed on a USB flash drive which is connected to the router. Like frames holding the art, the routers are hung in the exhibition space which is otherwise empty. The art i tself becomes visible only on the visitor’s private screen.The pieces are locally widely accessible but disconnected from the Internet
Aram Bartholl 2013