An Incomplete Timeline of Online Exhibitions and Biennials (2013)

An incomplete, partially illustrated timeline of online exhibitions and biennials that took place between 1991 and 2013. The work was created as a contribution to BiennaleOnline 2013, which had been described by organizers ARTPLUS as "the first exclusively online biennial exhibition of contemporary art."

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This concise history is an HTML page that offers a partial list of online exhibitions and biennials that took place from 1991-2013, with short text descriptions of each and several screen captures of the projects included. Oliver Laric created this work in response to an invitation to participate in BiennaleOnline 2013, an online exhibition that opened on April 26, 2013. Organizers ARTPLUS had described the project as "the first exclusively online biennial exhibition of contemporary art." Described in its title as "incomplete," Laric's timeline should not seen as an authoritative history of the online exhibition, but as an artist's response to this ahistorical assertion.

In assembling this timeline, Laric spoke with a number of people, including Cory Arcangel, Claude Closky, Michael Connor, Lauren Cornell, Raffael Dörig, Martin Germann, JODI, Miltos Manetas, Eva and Franco Mattes, Domenico Quaranta and Billy Rennekamp. Every suggested project that could be defined as an online exhibition or biennial was included.

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  • Lucy_LaScatola | 5 years, 1 month ago
    Virtual Residency POST at La Scatola Gallery continues this timeline.

    POST is currently active and can be viewed at

    The current list of artists taking part is Sara Ludy, Daniel Eatock, Leslie Kulesh, Adham Faramawy, Florence Peake, John Walter, Stephane Blumer, Hannah Catherine Jones, Sarah Maple, Conall McAteer, Melissa Bugarella, Ludovica Gioscia and Corinne Felgate.

    Post is a virtual residency, hosting a different artist each month. The residency programme will focus on artists who engage with the digital in a post internet age, using La Scatola’s website as the gallery space. The work presented by each artist is linked by the temporary space it inhabits, the given thematic framework being the culture and trends of the 90s and their resurgence in our everyday.

    Using the digital space as an exhibition medium, the residency will allow each partaking artist to curate their own content in a temporary environment. The works exhibited will take multiple forms, from text to image to sound, as the artists choose how to address the given platform.

    Post as title is evocative of numerous elements of our digital culture, not least the repetitive ‘posting’ on social media sites such as tumblr, twitter and facebook. As each artist lays claim to our digital space, so they begin to utilise it as a social tool, the content forming a cumulative archive of audio visual expression. In addition to this, Post refers to an unspecified reaction; its unnamed suffix allows for multiple interpretations while focusing on a post-internet culture; the shape of art after a data overload.

    The immediacy of this form of information-sharing allows us to assume roles with ease; we are at once photographer, filmmaker, writer, artist. As such, within Post the artist becomes curator and producer of their own environment. The temporal nature of the given space serves to add to this condition through a monthly renewal of content and the archiving of the old.
    The resurgence of 90s culture is symptomatic of this accessibility of information; in a post-internet age, the recent past is relived at a much greater speed – there is no space for delay. The 90s saw the normalisation of computer use, its graphics now emblematic of a digital generation, its fashions and visuals returned to knowingly.

    The artists taking part in Post each engage very differently with these themes, allowing for a re-imagining of the project each month. Each previous residency will remain visible on the website. Through existing solely online, Post is by nature an open project, widely accessible and able to be framed in any number of contexts, without being tied to a physical space; in this it can be viewed as a constantly developing exhibition framework.

    Post is curated in turn by each resident artist.
    The programme has been curated by Valentina Fois.
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