All I Know Is What's On The Internet Exhibition Review

This is my review of an exhibition for my silver arts award. It was at the photography gallery in London and is named after the Donald Trump quote 'all i know is what's on the internet'

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What was the title of the exhibition/show?

All I Know Is What's On The Internet. This is a quote from Donald Trump

Why did you choose to attend this exhibition/show?

I’m interested in Technology and Photography. The combination of both really appealed to me.

Who were the artists and what do they create?

The artists exhibiting were: Mari Bastashevski, Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon, Constant Dullaart, IOCOSE, Stephanie Kneissl & Max Lackner, Silvio Lorusso & Sebastian Schmieg, Eva & Franco Mattes, Winnie Soon, Emilio Vavarella, Andrew Norman Wilson, Miao Ying. I did not know any of the artists or their work before I visited so I wasn’t sure what to expect. 

This is a quote from the exhibition that describes what it is about:

“This exhibition focuses on the human labour and technical infrastructures required to sustain the web’s 24/7 content feed. The collected works explore the so-called democratisation of information and ask in whose interest this narrative serves. Paying attention to the neglected corners of digital culture the artists here reveal the role of content moderators, bookscanners, Google Street View, photographers and everyday users in keeping images in circulation.

Taking its title from a Donald Trump quote, all I know what on the internet consider the digital conditions under which Photography is produced, and the bodies and machines which help automate the flow of visual content online. Set against Silicon Valley’s Utopian desire to automate the processing of human knowledge, the exhibition seeks to make visible the human in algorithm.”

I think the exhibition was about asking questions and making people think about how real social media really is. It looks at what social media is (human trying to connect with each other) and it looks at how that is achieved (machines and robots and people). 

What did you see?  

I expected to see lots of photos of technology but instead, there were lots of different art forms. I was surprised how there weren't many photos in a photography gallery. 

There wasn’t a lot of exhibits to see but the ones that were there really made me think. There was a mixture of machines, photographs, films, reCAPTCHA, 3d images, a collection of sim cards, wood chippings and books.

What were your first impressions

The exhibition was on floor 2 of the Photographers Gallery, London.  We went off a road from Oxford street and it smelled disgusting.  The road it was on was quiet. The building was very modern inside. My first impression when I walked onto the floor,  it was a very small exhibition. I had imagined there would be more exhibits and photographs. I thought the space was very open and bright. The walls were white and the floor was wooden. The atmosphere was relaxed and allowed you to think, it was quiet.

Did you find anything particularly interesting to you personally?

I really thought the 3 machine exhibits were interesting. I have taken a photograph of them and they are below. The machine on the red stand was setup to break the twitter algorithm by liking, retweeting and following random people. The white machine broke the Instagram algorithm by scrolling down constantly on the explore and stopping at random intervals and finally the yellow machine broke the Facebook algorithm by telling you to use random emojis for different posts.

I was unaware of these types of machines. There are also vending machines in Tokyo where you can buy likes and subscribers. We saw photographs of click farms and it made me questions how real are people's popularity on social media accounts.

Did you enjoy the experience overall? Why?

Yes, it was fun and interesting, as it made me think things I didn’t before. I got to see different art forms working together from different angles on 1 topic. I enjoyed the experience of going to London and looking at a gallery.

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Noah James

Noah James

Hi I'm Noah James, I'm 13 years and am doing my arts awards. I enjoy photography and filmmaking. I have done my bronze award in photography and currently doing my silver in filmmaking. I also like donuts.

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1 Comments

  • Bee Snellen

    On 14 February 2019, 17:50 Bee Snellen Voice Team commented:

    Hi Noah! Would you mind adding a short biography and an image to your profile? We'd love to know more about you! Also, you mention that you have some photos from the exhibition, any chance you want to add them to the article? And put one as the header image if you can!
    Lastly, we recommend adding a short summary to your article so that our readers know what your article is a bit! A simple 1 or 2 lines explaining where you went and what you saw should do!

    It sounds like a very interesting exhibition! Especially the machines! As they took the title from Donald Trump, was there a political element to the exhibition. Did they touch upon the emergence of Fake News on social media at all?

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