THE MEMORY OF TECHNOLOGY X THE PAST
Location: Theater Kikker
The early days of the internet were filled with hope and the feeling of unlimited possibilities. Users copied and pasted as they liked and everyone was thrilled by the idea that the whole world was watching. The book Digital Folklore by Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied is a tribute to the days of online amateur culture, DIY electronics, typo-nihilism, memes and penis enlargements. Evan Roth will talk with Lialina about the fun of the old days of the web.
Olia Lialina― Artist
Born in Moscow and now based in Germany, Olia Lialina is among the best-known participants in the 1990s net.art scene – an early-days, network-based art pioneer. Her early work had a great impact on recognizing the Internet as a medium for artistic expression and storytelling. This century, her continuous and close attention to Internet architecture, “net.language”, vernacular web and user culture – in both artistic and publishing projects – has made her an important voice in contemporary art and new media theory. Lialina is also known for using herself as a GIF model, and is credited with founding one of the earliest web galleries, Art Teleportacia. She is cofounder and keeper of One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age archive and a professor at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany.
Evan Roth― Moderator
In his work Evan Roth (1978, US) visualizes and archives culture through unintended uses of technologies. Creating prints, sculptures, videos and websites, his work explores the relationship between misuse and empowerment and the effect that the philosophies of hacker communities can have when applied to digital and non-digital systems. Roth’s work is part of the permanent collection of MOMA New York and he has won numerous awards such as the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. Roth also co-founded the organizations Grafitti Research Lab and the Free Art & technology lab.