101010zzz was the first solo exhibition by Belgian / Dutch artist duo JODI, Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans, in Hong Kong/China. Building upon the most digital day ever in our digital age – 10/10/10, the exhibition gives an overview of JODI’s recent obsession in undermining the digital culture into a unique free association space. Its centerpiece - 10/10/10 Digital Day is a participatory project that invites Internet users to submit 10/10/10 date stamps. By collecting digital moments and patterns on a variety of gadgets, machines and timers, the theme of the exhibition is set on participation for every online and offline users to celebrate the joy and the fear with technology. The exhibition also features four other remarkable projects to exemplify JODI’s anecdotes on etiquette, conventions and the uncanny use of computers.
Since the early days of the Internet, JODI has been inspiring and enthusing the Net communities with their unique strain of Net art. From computer experiments on the Internet to their three-dimensional video installations and game modifications, JODI is renowned for their creative misuse of computers and technologies.
As the web grows, net.art or Internet art means not only about computers, it also becomes a new way for human beings to build relationships. In the midst of a widespread web culture, Jodi exemplifies our practice on the Internet and expands the code of our ‘virtual’ life. If Web 2.0 and 3.0 is saying that the machine is us, this exhibition is a bold illustration of saying “art is us in the digital age" – from YouTube videos to Google Maps; old model cell phones to the simple date on your laptop’s calendar, we are creating a digital culture and showcasing ourselves in it. Through simple interventions, these works presented something we could all participate at our home and put everything of 101010 we found interesting together.
Since 1963, more than eight hundred spacecraft have been launched into geosynchronous orbit, forming a man-made ring of satellites around the Earth. These satellites are destined to become one of the longest-lasting artifacts of human civilization, quietly floating through space long after every trace of humanity has disappeared from the planet.
Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures is a project that marks one of these spacecraft with a visual record of our contemporary historical moment. Paglen spent five years interviewing scientists, artists, anthropologists, and philosophers to consider what such a cultural mark should be. Working with materials scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Paglen developed an artifact designed to last billions of years—an ultra-archival disc, micro-etched with one hundred photographs and encased in a gold-plated shell. In Fall 2012, the communications satellite EchoStar XVI will launch into geostationary orbit with the disc mounted to its anti-earth deck. While the satellite’s broadcast images are as fleeting as the light-speed radio waves they travel on, The Last Pictures will remain in outer space slowly circling the Earth until the Earth itself is no more.