Electronic Superhighway

Art, Digital and interactive
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Time Out says

You’d expect YouTube, Instagram, image manipulation and the Dark Web to feature in a show about how the invention of computers and the internet have impacted on artists and irrevocably changed the terrain of contemporary art. And they do, in work by current art world darlings such as Jon Rafman, Ryan Trecartin and Hito Steyerl. What the Whitechapel’s ambitious first show of 2016 also offers, however, is a surprisingly extensive history of the subject. The exhibition kicks off with the very recent stuff before taking you back to the paleolithic period (1966), when the group Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT), founded by engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer and including artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, staged ‘9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering’ in New York, a groundbreaking series of events that challenged the conventions of art by incorporating new technology.


By: Martin Coomer


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There were some interesting bits and pieces on the ground floor, such as demonstrating the impact the reality show culture has through a chaotic scene of self-absorbed teenagers and a 911 scam set up as karaoke complete with a TV screen showing the words forming the scam, a microphone, and large speaker. The first floor went back to the 60s and 70s and it was funny remembering the old dot matrix printouts. I'm not sure I got from it what the exhibit was trying to achieve which I think was the impact of the internet on our lives over the past 5 or 6 decades. 

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Beyond average. Some of the pieces upstairs play more with the internet - call and response; contrasts; data. The Gay Bomb was interesting satire - and a virtual product. But most of this is lame video art that is only tangentially related to anything at all.

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