Curatorial Statement

The Internet browser a key element to the success of the web in the beginning of the 90′s has grown mature in the last two decades. Technical development, open standards and open software made the browser a very powerful tool. It seems soon it will take over the operating system and there will be nothing left than apps in the cloud.

It’s about time to revisit in an era of 500 million Facebook user. never really found it’s way out of the media art bubble. The browser was the promising canvas in the early ’90s and is today more then ever capable to do what ever you like. Within the last let’s say 5 years the Internet arrived and became totally mainstream. The social web unfolded it’s power and became part of everyday life of hundreds of millions users. Their massive real time information flow began to have a huge impact on mainstream media and political structures.

The potential size of an audience for on-line art work has grown infinitely large. Technical barriers, limited access, little bandwith or lack of skills are not an issue any more. In an era of Internet memes and 20+ million Youtube views on one video in a day artists need to reconsider the web from a different perspective. A new generation of creative minds picked up the field of and expanded it to the next stage: (coined by Aram Bartholl 2010) emerged under the influence of social web monopolies, highly flexible open software, amateur meme cult and pop culture. A wide range of coders, designers and artists including the experts from F.A.T. Lab experiment in this genre with great success. ‘Classic’ is appropriated and gets remixed with web activism, DIY philosyphy, sharing culture, easy to use browser ad-dons and open source beliebers on a state of the art technical level.

The first SPEED-SHOW vol.1 represents a wide selection from well known net.artists to a young generation of web savy coders and Internet renegades. From youtube interventions and social web critique to pixel celebration and gif.pop 12 artists (or artist groups) will show recent and new works. never died! It just moved to your local Internet-shop! Come and join the party!

Aram Bartholl 2010

Following artists will show new or recent works:

  • Jon Cates (US)
  • Constant Dullaart (NL)
  • Dragan Espenschied (DE)
  • JODI (NL/BE)
  • Geraldine Juarez (MX)/>
  • Tobias Leingruber (DE)
  • Olia Lialina (RU)
  • Moddr (NL/AT/RU)
  • Johannes P Osterhoff (DE)
  • Evan Roth (US)
  • Ralph Schulz (DE)
  • Paul Slocom (US)