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One Terabyte of Kilabyte Age

Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenchied

One Terabyte of Kilabyte Age

18 Apr - 17 Jun

 Digital Programme

Digital Programme

Screen Grab from: http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/7384/

 Digital Programme

Digital Programme

Screen grab from: http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/4326/

 Digital Programme

Digital Programme

Screen grab from http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/5197/

 Digital Programme

Digital Programme

http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/5197/

 Digital Programme

Digital Programme

Screen grab from http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/6085/

 Digital Programme

Digital Programme

Screen grab from http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/3726/

 Digital Programme

Digital Programme

Screen grab from http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/4884/

 Digital Programme

Digital Programme

Screen grab from http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/6510/

INFO

The exhibition One Terabyte Of Kilobyte Age showcases thousands of amateur home pages from the free web hosting service GeoCities. First established in 1995 GeoCities is considered by many as one of the most important manifestations of early amateur web culture. Its popularity among Internet users at the peak of the dot-com era led to the site’s purchase by Yahoo! In 1999. As digital trends progressed GeoCities failed to fulfill Yahoo!’s business projections and was eventually shut down in 2009.

Realising its cultural significance, the Archive Team, a collective dedicated to saving ‘digital heritage’, managed to rescue an incomplete portion of GeoCities which now lives on as a massive downloadable Torrent file.

Over the eight week period of the show, Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied willpresent a non-stop stream of video captures of the GeoCities archive. Showcasing a new home page every ten minutes, the project provides viewers with a glimpse into web publishing and user interactions predating today’s industrial social media channels. These include hand-coded profile pages, hobby and fan- sites, travel diaries and pet memorials, all decorated using customised bordered backgrounds, blinking stars, self-made buttons, vernacular GIFs, HTML frames and scanned analogue photographs.

During the course of the show the Gallery will invite the public to share screenshots of their own personal homepages or image galleries made before 2004. People will be encouraged to find and dig up their old sites using The Internet Wayback Machine (www.archive.org/web/web.php), an archive of the web, as well as include stories of their experience of setting-up their own website. These submissions will be updated on a dedicated Tumblr feed (www.thewayweshared.tumblr.com) with a selection due to go up on display on The Wall from 18 June – 7 July 2013.

Complementing Lialina and Espenschied’s project is Jeremiah Johnson's Watching The Heavens. The work, presented at random intervals on the reception desk screen, is an antique digital imagery of a starscape. It is displayed using Netscape Navigator, one of the web’s very first browsers and, for the artist, a symbol to the then unexplored possibilities of the Internet.

The carefully-crafted, slow and meditative expansion of the starscape scene aims to affirm the value of the digital artefacts which can easily be dismissed in the current rapid exchange across the social web.

Olia Lialina explains in her essay “still there”: The web is almost 20 years old now. Throughout these years, it has transformed from a new medium to new media - continuing to grow but without ever really growing old. Within this eternally young environment the disappearance of web pages, users or services is regarded as a natural process. Getting old is something that you don’t do on the net. The Geocities archive provides us with the experience of getting old. Coming into contact with aged pages is an important lesson that defies the impression that on the net, everything always happens in the present. 

Download Press Release l Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied l One Terabyte of Kilabyte Age l 18 April - 17 June 2013 

For press queries and to request further information and images please contact:

Inbal Mizrahi
Press Manager
E: inbal.mizrahi@tpg.org.uk
T: +44 (0) 207 087 9333 


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