What We Talk About When We Talk About the End of the Internet
What we talk about when we talk about the end of the Internet, notably when that which is talking are artworks? How do artworks from different art practices – not only web-based ones – speak of this disruptive eventuality and from which perspectives? But also, how artworks that do not relate on the question of the Internet can enlighten it? Is this ventriloquist quality of the art a way to make sense of the past, the present and the future? How artworks from different time and different place may be part of a shared discussion around the idea of the end of the Internet?
The speculative idea of the end of the Internet and consequently of the Web is the concept behind The Dead Web – the End exhibition, with which this paper is dealing. Initially composed of Québec artists, the exhibition has now been enhanced by artworks from Swiss artists – following a diffusion at the Mapping Festival last May – and from Hungarian artists and artworks from the Ludwig Museum’s collection for the present iteration.