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The Eternal Network

Press release

The Eternal Network

Ursula Biemann, Blank & Jeron supported by Sakrowski, Tega Brain, Julian Oliver, Bengt Sjölén, Johanna Bruckner, Guo Cheng, Contemporary And (C&), Louise Drulhe, Kyriaki Goni, Darsha Hewitt, Keiken, George Jasper Stone, Olia Lialina, Aay Liparoto with HOT BODIES – CHOIR, Robert Luxemburg, Bahar Noorizadeh, Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Ruini Shi, Timur Si-Qin, Solveig Suess, Jelena Viskovic, Tobias Williams, convex tv., David Garcia, Eric Kluitenberg, David Gauthier, Alessandro Ludovico, The Pervasive Labour Union zine, Piratbyrån, Mindy Seu

The Eternal Network is a group exhibition about the persistence of networks, with a focus on their potentials and limits in response to current social and technological changes. The exhibition is curated by Kristoffer Gansing.

The network has become an ever-present technical, social, and organizational form. In the mid-1960s, Fluxus artist Robert Filliou coined the term “The Eternal Network,” referring to social interactions taking place through mail art and other emerging means of global communication. This idealistic notion of the network can be contrasted with the many limitations of networks that have become tangible today. With this shift in mind, the exhibition presents twenty recent artworks that re-engage or move beyond the role of the internet and the network imaginary in today’s critical entanglements of humans, environments, and technologies.
Read the curatorial statement.

The exhibition also features three associative lists of terms, illustrated with quotes and visuals, that highlight histories and transformations of net cultures. These terms fall into one of three categories: Legacies, Shifts, and Dis/Continuities. They are forming an “anarchive” of references to be further activated during the exhibition.

Part of transmediale