“Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art after the Internet,” curated by Omar Kholeif, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (January 2017) CAA Reviews
Ingesting Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art After the Internet brought about the familiar experience of an overdose one might have after seeing an art fair or large-scale biennial. This ambitious exhibition, covering fifty years of digital culture and curated by Omar Kholeif, considered how the world’s ceaseless flow of electronic information and unrelenting proliferation of images have come to impact contemporary art. In her introduction to the extensive companion catalogue, Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick describes the nature of the “electronic superhighway” and the exhibition itself as “a place of information and confusion, euphoria and nightmare” (20). Indeed, the term “confusion” essentially characterizes much of one’s journey through this multimedia show.