Videonale, the Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts took place at Bonn (Germany) from February 21 to 24, 2019. As part of its program, it organized a series of lectures, panels and workshops related to video art and digital cultures.
DARTS member Dr. Pau Waelder was invited to moderate the panel Internet Culture(s) – Resistance and Options with the participation of Dr. Tatiana Bazzichelli (director Disruption Network Lab, Berlin), Zach Blas (artist/lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University London), Vera Tollmann (cultural scientist/writer, Berlin), and Liz Haas from UBERMORGEN (artists/professors Academy of Media Arts Cologne).
The panel examined the influence of internet culture on visual art, placing a focus on artworks produced for the internet as well as alternative models to the status quo. What democratizing potentials does the internet possess, how does it alter our notions of reality, individuality, originality, identity, and truth? It also addressed questions related to surveillance and resistance, as well as the control of images and information.