Domenico Quaranta: In It for the Lulz
“What the Internet stood for, for a long time, is something that I’m still nostalgically supporting,” said Constant Dullaart in an interview. The Dutch artist, lecturer and curator grew up in an age of the Internet “designed to be used by everyone”.
In its first years, the Internet proved to be the place of warm, authentic relationships, the place where one looked for friends, not followers, and where one engaged in peer-to-peer discussions, not in simply adding a number to a stack. Now we work in corporate backyards and, especially in social network environments, we are very easily and almost inadvertently drawn to care more about numbers than people, and to commodify ourselves, our friends and the contents we produce. “Dullaart’s projects,” says the art critic Domenico Quaranta in this essay, “can be only understood as actions within a system, responding to something and waiting for a response, showing that we could invert this trend if we really wanted to.”
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Ed. Janez Janša,
Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2016