The Impulse of the Geocities Archive: One Terabyte Of Kilobyte Age.

The Impulse of the Geocities Archive: One Terabyte Of Kilobyte Age.


Daniel Rourke visits the Photographers' Gallery in central London and reviews their latest exhibit One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age by artists Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied, on THE WALL. Over an eight week period (18 April - 17 June 2013) they feature a non-stop stream of video captures of what they term as the lost city and its archival ruins. A documentation of a past visual culture of the web and the creativity of its users with new pages changing every 5 minutes. The project provides a glimpse into web publishing when users were in charge of design and narration in contrast to the automated templates of Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.

Moscow-born artist Olia Lialina has, for the past decade, produced many influential works of network-based art: My Boyfriend Came Back from the War (1996), Agatha Appears (1997), First Real Net Art Gallery (1998), and Last Real Net Art Museum (2000). Currently she is a professor at Merz Akademie in Germany. Lialina writes on digital culture, net art and web vernacular.

Dragan Espenschied, born in Germany. His music and online art has received international acclaim. He co-founded the home computer band Bodenständig 2000 that toured and released records throughout Europe and the USA. He has also won the Webby Awards People's Voice NET ART (2004), and the ZKM International Media Art Award (2001).

Daniel Rourke is undertaking a PhD in Art (and writing) Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London. My research project explores digital autonomy, (post)human error and glitches in Things. As well as writing for Furtherfield, he recently started writing for He is also a visiting lecturer in Writing Contexts for the History of Art, Design and Film (BA) at Kingston University, London.