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Websiteseeing: Filippo Lorenzin - STILL LOADING

STILL LOADING

Curated by Filippo Lorenzin

Your activity on the internet is shaped by the tools you use to navigate it. The experience of visiting a website with a brand new 1,000$ laptop can’t be matched by the way you display it on a cheap refurbished 2011 smartphone. A website, as much as any other design product, is developed in order to appeal a specific target of the public; if you want to engage with as many users as possible, you’ll make a product that doesn’t require too many requirements to fulfil. In other words, your work will be available for the many if the conditions bar is lowered.

This is a pivotal aspect of internet art. Who is supposed to explore your online work? What technical requirements do they need to experience the project in the way you envisioned it? Must they have an overpowered device or a super fast internet connection to fully enjoy it? Do you presume that only the ones owning such machinery possess the theoretical background to understand your project?

The Wrong Biennale aims to give a glimpse into the digital art scene and when works are not meant to be displayed on poor or slow devices, questions concerning inclusivity must be raised. STILL LOADING is a selection of works and pavilions that will make your laptops and smartphones crash, slow and glitch. It will help you to guess if youre among the public for which internet art is made or if you don’t have the requirements to take part in it.

Filippo Lorenzin is a London-based independent curator and critical theorist. His research is focused on the study of the effects of the introduction of new technologies into artistic practices. Digicult collaborator since 2011, he writes about the relationship between artists and the public through the mediating role of the artistic technique throughout history. He takes part in talks and lectures, actively dialoguing with interesting figures at the borderline between art and scientific research.

Websiteseeing is an automatic online virtual tour, taking viewers through the best sites the world wide web has to offer. 

Curated by artists, independent curators and people within the digital realm, Websiteseeing  displays a series of connected websites determined by a specific research interest, topic, or methodology. Shown as a continuously loading sequence chosen by the curator, the websites appear for a predetermined amount of time; if a website piques curiosity, the viewer has a few seconds to explore the page before the next one is loaded on their browser. Within this constraint, the websites presented act more akin to a ‘non-place’ than as spaces for the dissemination of information.

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…by arebyte showcases material created by the arebyte team and educational partners, relating to our physical shows in the gallery, as well as previous screen based works by alumni artists. For this strand of AOS arebyte will curate and create content in relation with the physical shows taking place in the gallery space, as well as feature arebyte’s alumni work commissioned by the gallery since 2013. This visual material will allow arebyte to expand on the theme addressed by its physical exhibitions and will be a place for art audiences to further explore, interact and engage with the arebyte programme.

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