BECAUSE THE INTERNET. (* // ˙ʇǝuɹǝʇuᴉ ˙ǝɥʇ ˙ǝsnɐɔǝq ) tackles the digital duality head on by questioning the value of internet culture and exploring the creation of art in virtual space. it is a shrug-of-the-shoulder response to the question: what is the internet and what has it done to us?
the invention of the internet preceded its infiltration into our very lives, influencing the way we make decisions, the way we perceive space and the our moral foundations.
contemporary works of art by six young artists are exhibited alongside curated segments of internet culture ranging from “poor images”, memes, viral videos and other image-based content. the exhibition itself is a space for generating new cultural production in between virtual and physical space.
taking its title from the 2013 album by childish gambino, the exhibition celebrates practices of appropriation, approximation, social engagement as influenced by a world that is increasingly connected to digital space. It also celebrates the potential for art commonly termed “postinternet” in negotiating this new world and the sensitivity of artists who are digital natives in carving out a new way of living and thinking.