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“There is something legitimately demonic in networked culture’s pervasive reduction of everything to data—words like ‘connection’ robbed of meaning; conviviality flattened into frictionless exchange.”
Spike editor and columnist Adina Glickstein, contemplating the “cosmic exoskeleton of communications technology” in the wake of two recent Paris exhibitions. Both Nile Koetting’s “Unattended Access” at Parliament Gallery and the group show “Au delà” at Lafayette Anticipations conjure “data’s limitations in the face of the divine,” she writes.

Nile Koetting’s solo exhibition “Unattended Access” opens at Parliament Gallery in Paris, inviting viewers to consider the material internet and spectatorship inside his playground of 3D-printed miniatures of monitors, display machines, and theatres. Cherry script (2023, image), for example, imagines banal exhibition and office chatter as text chat animations on a pair of e ink displays. “Koetting presents to us the ultimate spectacle,” the gallery states. “There is no avoiding the infinite mirror here.”

“The Technate,” an exhibition by Peter Behrbohm and Markus Bühler that “follows the wires” of North American internet infrastructure, opens at Berlin’s panke.gallery. The show centres their eponymous research project (2023, image), a reenactment of a 1947 road trip (from California to British Columbia) promoting the technocracy movement. In it, the duo cosplay as technicians (with a robot dog), and visit technoculture hotspots including Internet Archive and Noisebridge.

Marco Barotti‘s solo exhibition “Rituals of Wasted Technology” opens at silent green, Berlin, presenting two mythical techno-species in defiance of obsolescence: As tower-mounted APES (recycled Wi-Fi sector antennas) perform ”quasi-rituals” from data input—Facebook likes, Google searches, tinder swipes—SWANS (used satellite dishes) float about, propelled by sound. Barotti’s show is part of “Speaking to Ancestors,” a two-year series on ritual curated by Pauline Doutreluingne and Keumhwa Kim.

“Handles like ‘Gorgon Horror,’ ‘The Wizard,’ and ‘Einstein’ were common. My brother’s name was ‘Blue Dragon,’ and his favourite colour was blue. My favourite colour was red, so I picked ‘Red Wolf.’ I liked wolves.”
– Journalist and tech historian Benji Edwards, on the 1992 kickoff of his “secret life as an 11-year-old BBS sysop,” in a memoir about his (pre-World Wide Web) introduction to online culture
“You don’t visit websites. Websites visit you: all the contents is downloaded to your computer.”
– Spanish artist and researcher Joana Moll, discussing the interface as a “well-engineered capitalist machine” (see Moll’s Carbolytics) at Berlin’s panke.gallery
Internet Yami-Ichi
Archiving 43 events in 30 cities over 10 years, with submissions from 200+ vendors who brought weird internet culture ‘offline’ to an IRL flea market
“The only thing we can make now is ourselves; day after day, again and again. To sculpt one’s own individuality has ballooned into an endless task. To post every day, to express yourself creatively, to have opinions on the churning discourse.”
Spike’s New York Editor Dean Kissick, on the cult of celebrity and the cult of self. In his latest “The Downward Spiral” column, he asks: “Are we human, or are we content?”
Themed “Correspondence from the Edges” and edited by Katherine Waters & Julia Kloiber, the new edition of the “magazine about the internet and things” presents “perspectives of marginalization, queerness, and repression” by Kyriaki Goni, Jac sm Kee, Camila Nobrega, Pedro Oliveira, Xiaowei R. Wang, and others
Olia Lialina
Net Artist
A comprehensive survey of the net art pioneer’s creative practice, Olia Lialina’s first monograph zooms into user flows, URLs, and protocols, offering a media archaeological reading of the internet.
“A parasitic, coil-powered, perfectly camouflaged, city-wide distributed, Corona-proof netart show on e-scooters—what a concept!”
Aram Bartholl, preparing for Zentrum für Netzkunst’s “OPENCOIL.” The micro-mobility intervention has 11 artists including Rosa Menkman, Sarah Grant, Jonas Lund, and JODI install works an e-scooters via WiFi microcontrollers for a Berlin-wide show on wheels.
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