Our daily lives are constantly affected by the increasing electronic interconnection of the world. Between 2005 and 2010, the number of Internet users worldwide has doubled, surpassing two billion by the end of 2010. More than 90 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the rural population have access to mobile networks nowadays. Several European countries, including Estonia, Finland and Spain, have declared World Wide Web access to be a civil right. Laptops and smart phones are the prime accessories of the information age. They offer connection and access to a global digital network of data and information that overlays our reality like a second skin.
The exhibition gateways.Art and Networked Culture investigates the effects that our digitally interconnected culture has on our lives, focusing on the changing conditions of a networked world that is increasingly transmitted throughout media.
The public is invited to participate actively in the projects and to take part in unusual perceptual experiences.
The exhibited works are a selection of artistic works that were shown at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn in 2011 as part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 program.
The exhibition was realised in collaboration with the Goethe Institute and it is curated by Sabine Himmelsbach, the new artistic director of the House of Electronic Arts in Basel.