The digital world keeps growing, in social media use as well as Internet use and so does data storage. How do we deal with the use of social media? And what does the endless storing of data look like? On 18 March, an exhibition about these developments was to open at SIF Utrecht with work from Joyce Overheul and Birgit Vredenburg. Due to the corona-crisis the exhibition has been postponed but in the mean time we would like to tell you a bit more about it.
Joyce Overheul is fascinated by how people act when they find themselves in a situation that is not completely familiar, such as the growing use of social media in daily life for instance. Using various media, she reflects on human behaviour and confronts people with their own acts. In the project ‘Three months in Rogier’s life’ Joyce followed a young man who shared so much about his life on social media that she was able to make a book about it. The project ended with a meeting between the two.
During her a graduation year at the Utrecht School of Arts (HKU), Birgit Vredenburg dived into the world of data and its endless growth. Data that we store on hard disks and tapes will not be readable in a hundred years. To save crucial information for a longer time, we are working towards a new way of saving data: DNA. In the reader ‘Eternal Storage’, Birgit shows her research into all the aspects of eternal data storage. She also made visual translations of the huge amount of data the DNA can reach.
QKunst curates an exhibition at Social Impact Factory Utrecht three times a year, showing work by talented Utrecht-based or -born artists. We always look for a link with themes that matter to the SIF Utrecht-members. The theme for this exhibition was chosen to connect with the opening of the new Utrecht Central Library, which was also planned for mid-March, but has been postponed. Utrecht has chosen not to give the former post office a commercial purpose, but to realise a new space where development, knowledge, culture and meeting are the main goals. A place with an ‘endless’ amount of books, social sharing, knowledge and data.
New exhibition at SIF Utrecht postponed