Life Needs Internet Writing Session
Jeroen van Loon
Writing session //
Life Needs Internet is an art project by the Utrecht artist Jeroen van Loon at the IMPAKT Festival 2021 Modern Love. Van Loon has been collecting handwritten letters for ten years in which people from all over the world answer the same question: “How does the internet influence your daily life, love and relationships and how does this make you feel?”
These writing sessions are both a deep dive into the archive and a way to write new letters. Each session starts with an introduction to the project by the artist. He shows a selection of letters from the archive and tells the story behind them. After discussing these letters, all participants can start working on their own handwritten letters. The writing is done on the spot. The session ends with a moment to discuss each other’s letters, share anecdotes and see how they relate to each other.
Participation is free. Registration is required for the writing sessions.
Uitalage Utrecht, Steenweg 34
Het Huis- Studio 2
Jeroen van Loon― Artist
Jeroen van Loon embeds himself in subjects such as the production of identities through social media (Kill Your Darlings, 2012), pre-Internet societies (Life Needs Internet, 2014–2016), and the evolving market in human genetic data (Cellout.me, 2016). Van Loon makes a significant contribution to our understanding of and relationship to contemporary digital culture and the new realities produced by technological advancement. This contribution is a necessary and timely one, pulling our attention away from the direct, everyday consequences of technology to cast light on its broader impact and structural effects. In an age in which the short-term benefits of new technologies are generously celebrated in the media, promoted through government innovation policies and highlighted in product campaigns, there is a critical need for the efforts of artists like Van Loon to counter this techno-euphoria with an unbiased exploration of technology’s effects on our lives, climate and culture. Van Loon’s work has been displayed in solo exhibitions and international group shows and has earned him a European Youth Award and a KF Hein art grant. He regularly gives presentations on his artistic explorations of technology, both in the art world and through institutions that promote innovation, such as TEDx. Van Loon holds a bachelor’s degree in digital media design and a master’s in European media. He is currently based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. (text by Michel van Dartel)