404 NOT FOUND
Artnode and the Internet through two decades. A self-ironic retrospect, a factual status report and a speculative glimpse into the future.
Opening: Friday 20 January 2017, 5-8 pm.
Exhibition period: 21 January – 5 March 2017
It is with great pleasure that Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art opens its doors to the first exhibition of the year, 404 Not Found, by Artnode (comprising Jacob Lillemose, Nikolaj Recke, Mogens Jacobsen, Martin Pingel, Niels Bonde, Kim Borreby and Morten Schjødt).
Since their inception in 1994, Artnode have explored the potentials and problematics of the Internet and the opportunities to expand the aesthetic field through formal, institutional and social means. In both optimistic and critical tone, Artnode continue to revisit the Internet as a place for the production and distribution of artistic practice; from the early years, when the modem would roar for several minutes, to the more advanced technology of today. The exhibition 404 Not Found is a manifestation of this exploration, with a focus on the development of the Internet and its current effect on the digitized human being and society.
For the exhibition, Artnode have created a large installation of several key projects in conversation with new work. Each of the six exhibition rooms has been given a title – “Museum”, “Status”, “Users’ Club – offline”, “Market”, “Recall” and “File Room” – each referring to different aspects of the Internet and internet art. In “Recall” eight screens will display a cavalcade of works (film, animation, interviews, etc.) from Artnode’s extensive archive, while “Market” presents a packaging robot, which continuously will be wrapping various objects purchased online. Once the objects have been wrapped, the package will be stamped with Artnode’s label, signed and put up for sale on Artnode’s own e-shop or eBay. “File Room” presents a classic museological installation of sculptures, made of selected data files from Artnode’s server, which have been converted and materialised through abstract 3D prints. Finally, in “Users’ Club – offline” the work Users’ Club, initially exhibited at the National Gallery of Denmark in 2011, provides the basis for a series of events to discuss the Internet as an aesthetic and political space. Among other things, the program offers events from artists such as Evan Roth, UBERMORGEN and Cornelia Sollfrank (check out denfrie.dk for an updated program).
Artnode was established in 1994 as an exhibition space, offering artists a platform and technical assistance in the creation of works to and on the Internet. Throughout the years, Artnode has produced own works from this platform while a large number of Danish and international artists simultaneously have held exhibitions here. Additionally, Artnode has produced works for physical spaces, including sculptures, installations and books. 404 Not Found functions precisely as a reflection on this; the relation between the digital and physical, the programmable and the mouldable – a condition of our post-internet reality.
For further information, please contact Curator and Press Officer, Kit Leunbach:
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