‘The Digital Playground: Not Found Not Lost’.
20 January 2024, 14.00 – 17.00
Location: Stichting WEP, Van Leeuwenhoekstraat 44, Groningen.
‘The Digital Playground: Not Found Not Lost’, curated by WILLOW Online Art Space, will consist of an artist talk with WERC Collective, followed by a Q&A session and a showcase of our new online exhibition space. Join us on January 20th at 14.00 to dive into a very pixel-packed event.
What is a digital archive? Where does our information go when we delete it? The artist talks aim to explore our ever-growing visual culture, new media art, AI, memes, and the joy buried in our digitalized lives. The digital playground wishes for the participants’ audience to converse. We aim to stimulate active audience participation with a critical and open attitude to the digital, new media & online. The program aims to create discourse as a first addition to our online research platform. The digital playground explores our ever-growing visual culture, new media art, AI, memes, and the joy buried in our digitalized lives.
The themes are related to WILLOW Online Art Space’s upcoming exhibition, ‘Search History’. The exhibition, and to an extent, The digital playground, will ask questions about digital archiving, e.g., how can we store our online history? What makes a digital archive? If digital information is not lost, thus found, is it ever-present?
Artist collective WERC focuses on designing and developing interactive media art in relation to nature, theater, science and technology. The humanization of technology and the interaction between humans, nature and technology are the guiding principles in their work. In their installations and performances, WERC plays with the boundary between the physical and digital world: where does one world stop and where does the other begin? And can we really speak of two different worlds?
The three artists of WERC are Olav Huizer, Joachim Rümke and Jelle Valk. They got to know each other during their studies at the Minerva Academy in Groningen. Their shared love of digital art and location-specific installations brought them together.