Collect the WWWorld: The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age
Oct 18 2012- Nov 04 2012
Opening Hours: 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Curated by Domenico Quaranta

Collect the WWWorld: The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age is an attempt to show how art responds to the information society. The last decade has witnessed an incredible growth in the production and distribution of images and cultural contents. The availability of inexpensive production tools has seen an exponential rise in amateur creativity, while the Internet provides a new distribution platform for this kind of production, which previously remained private. The show investigates the impact of this process on art practices and on the role of the artist, who more and more evolves into a filter, a collector, an archivist, a post-producer of already existent cultural material.

Furthermore, Collect the WWWorld sets out to demonstrate how the Internet generation is implementing and developing a practice started in the Sixties by Conceptual Art, and further developed in subsequent decades in the forms of Appropriation Art and postproduction: the practice of exploring, collecting, archiving, manipulating and reusing huge amounts of cultural material produced by popular culture and advertising.

Collect the WWWorld is a show first produced by the Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age and already presented, in different versions, at Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia (Italy) in September 2011 and at the House of Electronic Arts Basel (Switzerland) in March 2012. The presentation at 319 Scholes will feature a number of new artists and works in a brand-new arrangement. The show relies on an ongoing research project that can be followed online at

The show will also include a reading area with the catalogue of the show, other books by Link Editions, artist books, texts, and catalogues that provided inspiration for the show. The exhibition will serve as the launch for Ryan Trecartin’s Ryan’s Web 1.0, a new e-book that features his W Magazine set as well as documentation of the research that went into the piece, which will be free for download in PDF format.

Participating artists include: Alterazioni Video, Kari Altmann, Gazira Babeli, Kevin Bewersdorf, Aleksandra Domanovic, Constant Dullaart, Elisa Giardina Papa, Travis Hallenbeck, Jason Huff, JODI, Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, Eva and Franco Mattes, Oliver LaricJon Rafman, Ryder Ripps, Evan Roth, Ryan Trecartin, Brad Troemel, Penelope Umbrico, and Clement Valla.

Domenico Quaranta (1978, Brescia, Italy) is an art critic and curator. He is a regular contributor to Flash Art and Artpulse. He is the editor (with M. Bittanti) of the book GameScenes: Art in the Age of Videogames (2006) and the author of Media, New Media, Postmedia (2010) and In Your Computer (2011). He has curated various exhibitions, including Holy Fire: Art of the Digital Age (Bruxelles 2008, with Y. Bernard), Playlist (Gijon 2009 and Bruxelles 2010) and Collect the WWWorld (Brescia 2011 and Basel 2012). He is a co-founder of the Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age.

Featured Press

Collecting the WWWorld: ”Why fit into the conventional, established museum standards when you can do an experimental, radical underground show?” – Citizen Brooklyn

Must-See Net Arts From “Collect the WWWorld”: “A great show.” – L Magazine

Hunting + Gathering in the Digital Wilderness: “Are we the sum of our clicks and searches? Are we the archivists or are we the archived? Are we in control here, or are we engaged in a “cruel struggle for survival” in the digital wilderness?” – Furtherfield

Art Uncovered – Collect the WWWorld: “The question that emerges from Collect the WWWorld is whether the flood of information actually leads to knowledge and meaning or confusion, anxiety and identity crisis. The answer I got from the videos, installations, objects and other works in the show was all of the above.” – BreakThru Radio

Your Weekend Guide to Bushwick Art Shows: “A net art show about the impact of image collecting is well overdue, and here’s your answer.” – Art Fag City on L Magazine

‘Collect the WWWorld’ attempts to archive the internet through art: “In a situation in which everyone is a producer, artists are post-producers who collect everything and give it meaning.” – The Verge

Collect the WWWorld at 319 Scholes tonight!: “If you saw Trecartin’s excellent show last summer at MoMA PS 1, you ought to be on your way to 319 Scholes right now!” – Bushwick Daily

Related Publication

“Ryan’s Web 1.0. A Lossless Fall” by Ryan Trecartin
Published by Link Editions, Brescia 2012
Available as a free PDF.

Works (In Order of Appearance)
  • Artist: Eva & Franco Mattes
  • Description: Video installation, broken computer, video collage
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  • Keywords: video, installation
  • Artist: Kevin Bewersdorf
  • Description: Mixed media.
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  • Keywords: multimedia
  • Artist: Ryder Ripps
  • Description: Installation (O'reilly books promotional bag, wet rag)
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  • Keywords: installation
  • Artist: Evan Roth
  • Description: Latex saturated wet strength wallpaper, 12.16 x 9.34 ft.
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  • Keywords: installation, fabrication
  • Artist: Brad Troemel
  • Description: BSTJ Etsy item, various materials
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  • Keywords: installation
  • Artist: Ryan Trecartin
  • Description: Prints, installation
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  • Keywords: installation, print
Olbania, 2011
  • Artist: Alterazioni Video
  • Description: Installation, 615 polaroids
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  • Keywords: installation, photograph
  • Artist: Jason Huff
  • Description: Images from the Web, Custom Software, Photocopier, Mirrored Acrylic Text
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  • Keywords: multimedia, software
  • Artist: Clement Valla
  • Description: Installation (Prints, inkjet on canvas), 44 x 92 in. each
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  • Keywords: installation, print
  • Artist: Jon Rafman
  • Description: sculptures
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  • Keywords: sculpture
  • Artist: Gazira Babeli
  • Description: Video, 720 h/HD, 12 mins.
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  • Keywords: video
Once Upon, 2011
  • Artist: Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenshield
  • Description: Three important contemporary web sites (Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest), recreated with the technology and spirit of late 1997, according to the artists' memories.
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  • Keywords: installation
Pirouette for CRT
Poser, 2010
  • Artist: Constant Dullaart
  • Description: Video loop, digital picture frame, dimensions variable.
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  • Keywords: video
Folksomy, 2012
  • Artist: JODI
  • Description: PDF (projected).
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  • Keywords: projection, net art
Anhedonia, 2009
Squid, 2012
  • Artist: Oliver Laric
  • Description: HD video
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  • Keywords: projection, video
  • Artist: Travis Hallenbeck
  • Description: Collection of 3,000+ WMF files, slideshow
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  • Keywords: net art