Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Beijing, China
1 March to 11 May 2014

Untitled Paint FX, sport mesh fabric, archival mat varnish, 25 X 35 X 12 cm (x3) , Courtesy the artist

Untitled Paint FX, sport mesh fabric, archival mat varnish, 25 X 35 X 12 cm (x3) , Courtesy the artist

Just as twentieth-century modernism was in large part determined by the relationship between craft and the emergent technologies of manufacturing, mass media, and lens-based imagery, the most pressing condition underlying contemporary culture today—from artistic practice and social theory to quotidian language—may well be the omnipresence of the internet. The term “post-internet” refers not to a time “after” the internet, but rather to an internet state of mind, to think in the fashion of the network. In the context of artistic practice, post-internet describes an art object created with a consciousness of the networks within which it exists—from conception and production to dissemination and reception. Though the terminology used to describe these phenomena is still nascent in development and not yet in widespread use, “Art Post-Internet” presents a broad survey of art that is controversially defined as “post-internet,&rdqu o; which is to say, consciously created in a milieu where the centrality of the network is assumed.

From the changing nature of the image to the circulation of cultural objects, from the politics of participation to new understandings of materiality, the interventions presented under this rubric attempt nothing short of the redefinition of art for the age of the internet.

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