This exhibition’s title — Electronic Superhighway — is taken from a term coined in 1974 by South Korean video art pioneer Nam June Paik, who foresaw the potential of global connections through network technology.
The exhibition tackled the impact of the new technologies and the Internet on artists, from the mid-1960s until today. Arranged in reverse chronological order, Electronic Superhighway began with a work created in 2016 by Jacolby Satterwhite, and ended with the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), initiated in 1966 by the engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer and the artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman. Spanning 50 years, from 2016 to 1966, key moments in the history of art and the Internet emerged as the exhibition travelled back in time.
Produced in 2016 by the Whitechapel Gallery in London, Electronic Superhighway showcased brought to the public a very diverse and relevant set of works, some rarely seen, by over 70 artists, including Cory Arcangel, Judith Barry, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Vera Molnar, Nam June Paik, Thomas Ruff, Hito Steyerl, Amalia Ulman, Zach Blas, Vuk Ćosić, Douglas Coupland, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Camille Henrot, Gary Hill, Ann Hirsch, JODI, Allan Kaprow, Oliver Laric, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Eva and Franco Mattes, Manfred Mohr, Lillian F. Schwartz, Richard Serra/ Nancy Holt, Taryn Simon, Stan VanDerBeek, Steina and Woody Vasulka, amoung others.
Support: AT Kearney