Speed Show

Deconstructing the social networks & Web 2.0 landscapes

Through the last years, social networks became ubiquitous and deeply changed our usage of Internet and the mental landscape we build about the online world.

Social platforms such as Blogger, Youtube, Facebook, Google or Flickr are interfaces for people to produce and share content, they are new virtual interactive spaces for socialising, the new fields where our data interleave, weave, aggregate and collide, enabling us to interact daily with other millions users.

The latest statistical data show how much more time we spend online and how the 10 top Web2.0 sites contribute 80% of the total Internet traffic.

Since the beginning of the Internet, net artists have developed sharp and critical attitudes, infiltrating its protocols and glitches, playing with its functionality, re-appropriating its usages, amplifying its processes to the extreme and absurd. Social networks are not a protected territory, and they inspire artists with projects exploring and questioning how we use them.

With humor, irony, creativity and irrelevance, artists question our fascination and addiction of Web2.0 and confront us with its risks and deviances.

The web is a medium and a creative space. For this SPEED SHOW Brussels in the context of TodaysArt.be festival, we have selected recent artworks by international artists exploring and (mis)appropriating social networks and Web2.0 sites

Anne Roquigny (media art curator) and Yves Bernard (artistic director of  iMAL Brussels)

Participating artists and projects:

Ben Baker-Smith (US), Brad Troemel & Jonathan Vingiano (US),  Chris Milk (US) & Arcade Fire (CA), Constant Dullaart (NL), Darren Solomon (US), Jennifer Terry & Raegan Kelly (US), JODI (B/NL), Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamva (US), Jon Rafman (CA), Julien Levesque (F),  Les Liens Invisibles (Clemente Pestelli & Gionatan Quintini) (IT), Leonardo Solaas (AR) , Marika Dermineur (F), Mario Klingermann (DE),  Perry Bard (CA), Curating youtube (Robert Sakrowski & Ute Fisher) (DE), Suwud (BR), Systaime (F), Thomas Cheneseau (F), VideOdrome collective (F).

Speed Show Manifesto
Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night. All art works of the participating artists need to be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser with standard plug-ins. Performance and life pieces may also use pre-installed communication programs (instant messaging, VOIP, video chat etc). Custom software (except browser add-ons) or off-line files are not permitted. Any creative physical modification to Internet cafe itself is not allowed. The show is public and takes place during normal opening hours of the Internet cafe/shop. All visitors are welcome to join the opening, enjoy the art (and to check their email.)
Speed Show manifest by Aram Bartholl 2010 .

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.