Cultural Matter: Harm van den Dorpel (Pt.I)


The internet is dominated by controlling and selecting (and censoring) structures and algorithms. Dutch artist Harm van den Dorpel questioned how he as an artist could intervene in these structures, and built a complete up and running digital social network With this work, van den Dorpel wants to undermine the dominant linear structures which are central to the feeds of mainstream social media. Because the users are able to link any content element (image, website, text, video) in a non-hierarchical structure on any other page, a collection of associative collages arise; partly made by individuals, but mostly created by joint efforts. The totality of this network forms the work of art, which despite - or thanks to - the user content contains a strong signature.

The artwork will be exhibited at LIMA from March 14 until April 25. Next to this, the two experts Nora Khan (Pt.I) and Annet Dekker (Pt.II) will shed their light on the work and its cultural and material implications.

Nora Khan
Nora Khan is a writer, digital art critic and editor at Rhizome. She is invited to place the social network in an art historical context, one which reachers from the early work of Aby Warburg to contemporary networked practices like van den Dorpel’s.

About the Artist
Harm van den Dorpel plays a key role in the genesis of the post-internet movement. Often in his work, feedback systems are present that connects computer algorithms and networks in order to trigger a dialogue that includes himself. Often in this networked practice, the final image of the work is created. Van den Dorpel lives and works in Berlin.

Cultural Matter
Cultural Matter is a series of exhibitions and events that provide a platform for the international discussion of digital art and aims to develop new strategies for the presentation and preservation of these artworks.   

Participating artists: Nicholas O’Brien, Harm van den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, Olia Lialina, UBERMORGEN.
Curated by: Sanneke Huisman and Jan Robert Leegte.

Cultural Matter: Harm van den Dorpel in conversation with Nora Khan (Pt.I)
Wednesday March 14, 8.00 PM
7,50 / 5 / free with Cineville
Attend the Facebook event here

March 14 - April 25, 2018
Every day, 5 - 11 PM
LIMA (in the basement of LAB111)
Entrance is free

Photo's by Jose Miguel Biscaya.

This programme is supported by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Democracy & Media Foundation, AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and the Mondriaan Fund.