“Ambiguity points to the mystery of all revealing”the title of Harm van den Dorpel’s recent solo showis taken from Martin Heidegger’s 1954 essay “The Question Concerning Technology.” Deprived of its context, the line itself becomes ambiguous, an empty shell to be filled with any random meaningand exemplifies the artist’s practice of collage for the digital age. A programmer-cum-artist, Van den Dorpel, born in 1981, is generally associated with the so-called post-Internet generation. The rationale behind this label seems to be that there’s been a shift in sensibility between the Net artists, who specifically worked for and with the Internet, and a younger generation of artists who grew up online and focus on the appropriation of data and content. But the distinction is a dubious one. Taking images and texts from the Internet, the way Pop artists took images from
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