The Link Center for the Arts for the Information Age is proud to announce that the show Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age , after its premiere in Brescia (2011) and its presentation in Basel (2012), will open soon in New York, in a brand new display conceived for the space of 319 Scholes in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Collect the WWWorld is an attempt to show how art responds to the information society. The last decade has witnessed an incredible growth in the production and distribution of images and cultural contents. The availability of inexpensive production tools has seen an exponential rise in amateur creativity, while the Internet provides a new distribution platform for this kind of production, which previously remained private. The show investigates the impact of this process on art practices and on the role of the artist, that more and more evolves into a filter, a collector, an archivist, a post-producer of already existent cultural material.
Furthermore, Collect the WWWorld sets out to demonstrate how the Internet generation is implementing and developing a practice started in the Sixties by Conceptual Art, and further developed in subsequent decades in the forms of Appropriation Art and postproduction: the practice of exploring, collecting, archiving, manipulating and reusing huge amounts of cultural material produced by popular culture and advertising.
The presentation at 319 Scholes will feature a number of new artists and works. The show relies on an ongoing research project, that can be followed online at http://collectheworld.linkartcenter.eu.
The show will include also a reading area with the catalogue of the show, other books by Link Editions, artist books, texts and catalogues that provided inspiration for the show. The exhibition will be also the occasion for the launch of a new book project: Ryan Trecartin‘s Ryan’s Web 1.0, an e-book featuring his W Magazine set and the documentation of the research process beyond the work, made available as a freely downloadable pdf.
With work by: Alterazioni Video (I), Kari Altmann (US), Gazira Babeli (I), Kevin Bewersdorf (US), Aleksandra Domanovic (D), Constant Dullaart (NL), Elisa Giardina Papa (I), Travis Hallenbeck (US), Jason Huff (US), Jodi (NL), Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied (D), Eva and Franco Mattes (I), Oliver Laric (D) Jon Rafman (US), Ryder Ripps (US), Evan Roth (US), Ryan Trecartin (US), Brad Troemel (US), Penelope Umbrico (US), Clement Valla (US).
Curated by: Domenico Quaranta
Location: 319 Scholes
319 Scholes Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn (NY)
When: October 18 – November 4, 2012
Opening: Thursday October 18, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Gallery hours: Thursday – Sunday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm and by appointment
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