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Thursday Night Live! Sleep Mode: an evening with Rafaël Rozendaal
do 18 mei 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 CEST
An evening on screensavers, anonymous digital artefacts that began as the solution to a problem and developed in to a space for experimentation, before disappearing without a sound from our digital lives.
In conversation with co-maker of the After Dark screensaver series Bill Stewart, and media artist Jan Robert Leegte, Rozendaal will explore one of his sources of aesthetic inspiration. Along with this the speakers will discuss the questions of how the audience reception of digital culture has developed, and when artefacts of digital culture are regarded as cultural heritage.
This Thursday Night will serve as a discursive extension to one of the current exhibitions, Sleep Mode. The Art of the Screensaver, giving the opportunity to treat some of its central questions in more depth. What have screensavers contributed to software and graphics development? In what ways has their banality been productive? What is needed to develop awareness around heritage in digital culture?
While many consider the screensaver unnecessary in the present day, its many forms have always been somewhat redundant from a practical perspective. The first version of the screensaver that simply blanked one’s screen to prevent burn-in of the CRT monitor would have served its purpose just fine for all screens. Nevertheless, the screensaver became a space for experimenting with code and graphics; perhaps precisely because it was so banal. It was in screensavers that programmers experimented with some of the first self-generated images.
Rafaël Rozendaal is a visual artist who uses the internet as his canvas. His websites attract a large audience of over 50 million unique visits per year. His artistic practice consists of websites, installations, lenticulars, lectures and haiku. He was one of the first artists to sell websites as art objects to collectors, who then own the domain name of that work. Rozendaal also founded BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), an open source exhibition concept.
Bill Stewart is an inventor, user experience architect and software designer. He is best known for the screensaver After Dark and inventing live wallpaper and desktop widgets. As the lead designer of the world’s most well-known screensavers, he oversaw the evolution of the screensaver from its origin to its zenith as an art form, product, and part of the common consciousness. His storied career includes award winning designs for safety systems, robots, games, and OS utilities, as well as web sites, mobile apps, and a version of the Netscape browser. He stays fit and agile by teaching kung fu at a master level.
Jan Robert Leegte
Jan Robert Leegte started working as an artist on the Internet in 1997. In 2002, he shifted his main focus to implementing digital materials in the context of the physical gallery space, aiming to bridge the online art world with the gallery art world. In 2008, through exchanges with the upcoming next generation of Internet artists and inspired by the dramatic shift in online culture and technologies, he began refocusing on the web. Leegte explores the position of the new materials put forward by the (networked) computer. Photoshop selection marquees, scrollbars, Google Maps, code and software are dissected for their sculptural properties.
Before Thursday Night Live! you can grab a bite and eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:30 Het Nieuwe Café will serve either soup with bread or quiche with salad. Dinner vouchers are available for €7.50 up to a day before the particular event via the tickets link on the event’s page. On the day of the event you can buy dinner vouchers at the bar.