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.