The digital age has brought a series of seismic transformations regarding production, distribution, cognitive and semiotic interpretation of design, illustration and art.
Evoking the creative tension between digital and physical, Anonymous Materials presents a statement on this age of dualities, of overlapping meanings, and reinterpretations of the real. Different views and reflections through the diversity of the selected works, translating the digital immateriality into physical objects phenomena and vice versa. Simultaneously it’s a showcase of a fascination for the tech culture, of the nostalgia from the utopia we lived in the 90’s.
Nowadays, the digital and the physical are increasingly representing and reinterpreting each other. We visualise immaterial data using screens, browser windows, holographic objects through a digital profile, an alienation of ourselves. This is when we can affirm that the digital world and its interfaces are not a medium but a context. A context of ourselves, our culture, our history, our time.
The virtual objects, symbols and representations start to behave like real. New ways of visualisation are produced, new ways of communication, even new ways of language interpretation are generated, allowing new forms to emerge.
The chronological timeline of the digital age can be analysed through its own artifacts, kept on the “virtual museum” of the world wide web, and translated by animated gifs, maps, renders and the people who inhabit them (ghost renders), glitches, pixelated landscapes or screenscapes, plus an infinity of visual displays. It’s the beginning of a new type or archeology created by the instances between virtual and physical blur.
13–16 July 2015 The Athens Zine Bibliotheque will be in Ithaca during the workshops with a selection of more than 300 collectable zines from around the world.
The Bibliotheque will serve as a valuable source of inspiration for the participants of the Ten Images for Ithaca workshops.