Cultural Matter: Olia Lialina (Pt. I)

Olia Lialina’s online browser-based artwork Summer (2013) is the work in focus for the second exhibition of LIMA’s Cultural Matter programme. In this animated piece by Lialina, we see the artist swinging back and forth, infinitely looped, basking in bright sunlight. Cut out against a gradient background of blue and white, the swing is hung from the location bar of the browser. The animation’s 18 still images are located on 26 different websites, with each site redirecting the browser from one server to the next, displaying the images in sequence, thus creating a cross-domain animation. The work is literally scattered across the internet, making it impossible to watch offline. The speed and rhythm of the image sequence, the animation itself, depends on the internet infrastructure that supports it. Just one connection or web page down will result in breaking the work. Summer showcases the degree to which art and computer networks can be, and are, intertwined. At LIMA, this leading artwork will see itself in a new site specific presentation that will be enriched with documentation material. During the exhibition two public events will take place to shed light on both the art historical and material implications of the work. In talks, presentations and screenings, the past and future of the work will be discussed and unfolded.
Cultural Matter
Cultural Matter is a series of exhibitions and events that provides a platform for the international discussion of digital art and aims to develop new strategies for the presentation and preservation of these artworks.
Participating artists: Nicholas O’Brien, Harm van den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, Olia Lialina, UBERMORGEN.Curated by: Sanneke Huisman and Jan Robert Leegte.
Olia Lialina
Olia Lialina is part of the movement. Her work is canonical in the field of internet art, and of lasting influence. Today Olia Lialina describes herself as a web artist and animated GIF model. She also writes on digital folklore and user culture. Lialina is a professor for New Media at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany.
Opening Event
November 24, 8.00 PM
7,50 / 5 / free with Cineville and for We Are Public members
Attend the Facebook event here
November 24, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Every day 5 - 11 PM
LIMA (in the basement of LAB111)
Entrance is free

Photo's by Jose Miguel Biscaya.

This programme is supported by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Democracy & Media Foundation, AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and the Mondriaan Fund.