Hunting + Gathering in the Digital Wilderness.
By Leila Christine Nadir.
Leila Nadir reviews the show Collect the WWWorld: The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age which took place recently at 319 Scholes in Brooklyn. The artists in this exhibition are collectors and archivists who, having explored the digital wilderness, have done some weeding in order to plant a garden of cultivated, nurtured, looked-after data.
In an essay for the catalog of Collect the WWWorld: The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age, an exhibition installed most recently at 319 Scholes in Brooklyn, Josephine Bosma announces that the wilderness is back. Though modernity provided the means for humans to sequester themselves safely in comfortable houses, sheltered from nature’s seasons and its bad moods, Bosma points out that the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors, between the private and the public, have been broken down by digital technologies. As data slips into our most intimate spaces, the way rain and wind once ripped through primitive shelters like caves and huts, we return to "a rather basic form of humanity"―an uncanny "21st century version of ancient cultures and traditions.” Sorting through an "erratic, uneven mess” of information, human beings are once again hunters and gatherers. (Bosma 2011).