Somerset House Studios

DEFRAG: Art After the Internet

Tue 25 Jun 2019
18.45 - 20.30
Pay What You Can
River Rooms
New Wing

DEFRAG returns for another series investigating the myriad ways that technology continues to change culture and society.

Digital spaces are key to the creation and display of art for many artists, curators and producers. From websites utilised as gallery spaces, to online residencies and Instagram takeovers, new technologies have afforded cultural practitioners a raft of new opportunities in addition to some stark limitations. We'll consider some of the different practices of artists, curators and institutions in online spaces, and ask tough questions about the realities of art mediated through the internet, laptops and phones.

For this event we're partnering with guest speakers including online exhibition space Off Site Project for a deep dive into some of the contemporary practices of art on the internet.

Off Site Project was founded and programmed by Pita Arreola and Elliott Burns. Established in January 2017 it has expanded in a manner consistent with IRL spaces. Beginning with homepage exhibitions it now includes a series of monthly micro-ZIP-file-exhibitions and a Google Maps Residency program. Since launching they have worked with 70 artists, designers, curators and cultural practitioners.

More speakers TBA, moderated by Elliott Burns.  

Curated by Jake Charles Rees in association with Somerset House Studios