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Sondra Perry, Graft and Ash for a Three-Monitor Workstation, 2016, bicycle workstation, video, color, sound, 9 minutes 5 seconds. From “Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today.” Photo: Caitlin Cunningham.

“Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today”

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Sondra Perry, Graft and Ash for a Three-Monitor Workstation, 2016, bicycle workstation, video, color, sound, 9 minutes 5 seconds. From “Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today.” Photo: Caitlin Cunningham.

“Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today” is a major survey of the impact of the internet on contemporary art, articulated into inevitably nebulous themes such as virtuality and surveillance. Comprising more than seventy works, the show includes almost as many artists, from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Hito Steyerl to relative newcomer Sondra Perry. As curator Eva Respini readily admits in the preface to the catalogue, this is not the first exhibition on this topic: Looking beyond the horizons of mainstream contemporary art to the field of new-media art that emerged in the 1990s, one finds precursors ranging from “net_condition” at ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1999 to “Art Post-Internet” at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing in 2014.

That said, few of these shows have aimed to present as much physical material from as many years to so

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