In acting as an interface between computational processes and visual communication, the throbber does nothing helpful yet it allows the machine — the receiver — to receive all the packets necessary to perform a task. There is no direct connection between the machine and the network — the sender. The time that takes for this communication to happen is often not predictable because such decisions occur in real-time, or more precisely within micro-temporal intervals.² Hence, this explains the use of the throbber as opposed to the progress bar in many interfaces.
In the first week of February, I had a chance to be part of my first, and last, Group Crit at University. Group Crit sessions are an opportunity to practice presenting work and listening to feedback in a peer-to-peer setting.
I presented my work, Hey Google, Take Me Through the Internet, to the crit and received helpful feedback. The work came together as a result of my research in art-making and curating responding to the Internet and contemporary digital culture.
Two iMacs are entertaining a conversation through the sharing of personal data, ideas, and information already available on the internet. These two devices are playing respectively a video and a collection of audio recordings. The one by the wall is performing a 1-hour screen recording of me researching about post-internet art. The screen facing it (which we see from behind) is playing more than two thousand recordings (set on a random loop) extracted from my Google Home device history.
No more does the internet exists to indicate the online web, accessible through a device connected to a network. Instead, it endures as an online-offline heterotopian space that connects faces and machines from around the world. A location that is neither here nor there.
What does indipendent curation mean today?
How do the ubiquity of the internet and new aesthetics influence the work of artists and curators alike?
As art traverses digital media boundaries, how are notions of what constitutes artistic and curatorial expression evolving?