MAAT brings to Portugal the exhibition Electronic Superhighway, produced by the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in 2016. Electronic Superhighway gathers over one hundred pieces to show the impact of new technologies and the Internet on artists from the mid-1960s until today.
It showcases both new and rarely seen multimedia works, alongside film, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing by over 70 artists, including Cory Arcangel, Judith Barry, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Vera Molnar, Nam June Paik, Thomas Ruff, Hito Steyerl, Amalia Ulman, and more.
The exhibition’s title, Electronic Superhighway, is taken from a term coined in 1974 by South Korean video art pioneer Nam June Paik, who foresaw the potential of global connections through network technology. Arranged in reverse chronological order, Electronic Superhighway begins with works made at the turn of the millennium, and ends with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), an iconic event that took place in 1966. Spanning 50 years, from 2016 to 1966, key moments in the history of art and the Internet emerge as the exhibition travels back in time.