We are on the internet! Our world is changing. We are witnessing a revolution that, for the last thirty years, has been changing how we think, communicate, work, and spend our free time. The internet has become a tool and an instrument of daily life. It has created a world that we plumb and simultaneously run away from. This process is irreversible and has permanently changed how our society works. This is one of the reasons why it is important to reflect on our situation and our position within it: we aren’t only witnesses to the digital transformation, we are all a part of it, passive or active.
Welcome to the digital world! The Datamaze project presents an “extended exhibition”. It combines the concept a work in progress exhibition with a workspace and library intended for activity and the developing collaboration across space and topics related to a critical reflection on our existing environment.
Here, art becomes an intermediary that allows us to examine and reflect on our situation from an unforeseen, new perspective: art projects dealing with the world of computers and the internet make us realize how they impact us and how they are changing our lives and the world around us. The entire project is defined by its effort to critically examine the impact of the computer and internet culture on our daily lives. It is defined by key topics that are developed on several levels: first and foremost primarily as educational programmes and other activities for students, then as presentations of contemporary art and projects straddling the border between of art, design, and technology, and finally as attendant events – lectures, workshops, meet-ups, and fab labs for various groups and the general public.