November 30, 2018 – October 26, 2019
The thematic installation Digital Artifacts brings together the work of five internationally renowned artists to consider contemporary digital culture in a wholly new way—from the perspective of future archaeologists uncovering its remnants. Featuring new and recent acquisitions from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, the exhibition emphasizes the material aspects of technology in a field that increasingly prioritizes simulated experiences in immaterial spaces, as in online communities or multi-player video games. Bucking the trend toward rapid acceleration that structures most exhibitions of its kind, Digital Artifactspauses to ask why technology defines our future, and what we can learn by looking to our past.
Artists Guillermo Galindo, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Casey Reas, Michal Rovner, and Josh Tonsfeldt imagine our present moment as that past, adapting the conventions of collecting, preservation, documentation, and display more often associated with natural history museums than high tech.