“will the internet end soon?”
the dead web – la fin, may 23-june 2, 2019 at le commun, as part of the 15th edition of the mapping festival
On the occasion of the 15th Mapping Festival, three Swiss artists – selected through a call for entries released early 2019 – were added to the exhibition, initially composed of Quebecois artists only. This gives a particular sound and perspective, building and unpacking our idea of the Web, or its absence at the same time. The Mapping Festival team is looking forward to welcoming these artworks in Geneva!
Co-produced with Molior.
“It all began in May 2015, when I read an article on lemonde.fr that spoke of the possibility of a collapse of the World Wide Web. Although this event is largely hypothetical, several articles have been written on the subject in response to a scientific symposium that the Royal Society organized around the Internet Capacity Crunch.
In a context where the network could collapse even before the end of its “adultescence” —in 2023, the Web as we know it will barely be more than 25 years old—we can try to picture the fall of the Web and the after-world that would ensue: Empty server carcasses and a sea of electronic junk? A digital oblivion on all screens? Machines imitating the Web? A handcrafted Internet?
How will the at once dematerialized and delocalized dynamics of power structures be impacted in both their evident economic and inevitably political manifestations if the network is disconnected?
But also, what can still be said or done in the meantime? How does one occupy‑or not– what is essentially borrowed time and space, a space-time henceforth to be shared between digital and physical realities.
In the wake of these reflections, I wanted to gather artistic proposals that echo these considerations.”
[Nathalie Bachand, Curator]
The first iteration of the The Dead Web – La fin exhibition was presented in 2017 at Eastern Bloc (Montreal, Quebec, Canada).
Open hours: every day from May 23 to June 2 from 11pm to 6pm. Closed on Monday May 27
Vernissage on May 23, from 6pm to 12am, at le Commun
Guided tours possible from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 5pm. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org