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The House of Electronic Arts Basel is proud to announce the exhibition Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age, curated by Domenico Quaranta. The show is an adapted, updated version of the one produced by the Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age.

The last decade has witnessed an incredible growth in the production and distribution of images. The availability of inexpensive production tools has seen an exponential rise in amateur creativity, while the Internet provides a new distribution platform for this kind of production, which previously remained private. Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age investigates the impact of this process on art practices and the artist.

The exhibition sets out to demonstrate how the Internet generation is implementing and developing a practice started in the Sixties by Conceptual Art, and further developed in subsequent decades in the forms of Appropriation Art and postproduction: the practice of exploring, collecting, archiving, manipulating and reusing huge amounts of visual material produced by popular culture and advertising. Collect the WWWorldis an attempt to show how art responds to the information society.

Curated by Domenico Quaranta.
Co-produced by the LINK Center for the Arts of the Information Age and the House of Electronic Arts Basel.

18.30 Exhibition opening, aperitiv
19.30 Guided tour with Domenico Quaranta in English

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 18.30
House of Electronic Arts Basel, Oslostrasse 10/12
4142 Münchenstein/Basel (Dreispitz, Entrance Tor 13

Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age‏