Sleep Mode. The Art of the Screensaver
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam, Netherlands
Internet artist Rafaël Rozendaal presents a new exhibition about the screensaver. Rozendaal questions the anonymity and ephemerality of the screensaver and is fascinated by its subversive, playful and diffuse character. He creates an immersive space for the visitor that captures the extraordinary visual language of this virtually lost medium.
Rozendaal primarily uses examples from the early days, when moving digital images did not yet contain the realism of the later screensavers. It is exactly the unpolished abstraction of this first batch that interests him: at that time it was the screensaver's practical role that mattered. The installation includes more recent and advanced editions developed by Microsoft and Apple.
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