Today, we communicate through impersonal tokens, like emoticons and memes, we use avatars or online personae to engage with other people over the net, and we conduct a good deal of our work in an oblique way through online communication platforms. Although unintended, the neuter, as once described by Roland Barthes, seems to determine a large part of what it means to live in a post-digital world.
What can the new still be in such a world? Can there still be a sense of identity that goes beyond the seeming neutrality of the internet? And what happens to the early days of the internet, to its utopian aspirations and the initial ideas of finding freedom and solace on the net? These questions strike at the heart of what Everyday Gallery’s new group exhibition Newtro is trying to discover.
Artists: Gao Hang, Botond Keresztesi, Ahn Tae Won