Neverending Florida (2005)

Curated by Kieran Lampert
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Death has always been an interesting topic for me. I admit, the concept scares me somewhat, but it is also intriguing that we are creatures who are capable of comprehending and analyzing the state of our condition, such that we are aware of our own mortality. It is most likely due to this awareness that we are influenced to think of things in a strictly terminal sense; everything has a beginning and an end. When confronted with an infinite concept, we are unable to wrap our heads around its un-ending qualities. But why, then, are we so comfortable with digital media? It is something we have embraced with open arms and little hesitation, yet it seems to have no apparent end. The internet is vast and limitless, and the contents held within does not deteriorate or decay like organic material. Death, it seems, is redefined when referring to digital media. Instead of dieing and ceasing to exist, data simply moves into collected areas like archives and old websites. These areas are the places where old media goes to "die," or as close as they come to it, much in the way Florida is like a place for old people to go to die. Only this Florida never ends, and there is no eventual expiration. The pieces in this exhibit in some way discuss this aspect of "digital death" and what that may imply, or even if it exists.

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