Museum of Internet, Tasneem Lohani, Magdalena Zoledz
Discussion panel based on 3 artworks

7 DEC 2020
Walthamstow, London

On the 7th of December, we staged a Saturday Crit and invited a few artists to show their artworks. Our goal was to controvert the idea of the crit, that is part of the training at Art Academy in the UK. We decided to organise a birthday party during which artists and the audience could feel more free and relaxed to discuss art away from academic structures.

The crit is a model of learning whereby artists present their work to a group in order to gain feedback on how that work is being 'read' and ways that they might develop it further. They are a part of almost every art course at further and higher level education throughout the UK (Rowles Sarah, “Art Crits: 20 Questions: a Pocket Guide: Featuring Interviews with UK Fine Art Staff on the Topic of the Art Crit”, 2013).

Museum of Internet (www, @) from 2012 to early 2019, Museum of Internet archived images that "make the internet awesome" on its Facebook page as curated content and on its website as user-uploaded content.

Tasneem Lohani (www, @) is an artist works with human interaction online such as text, voice, images, videos and GIFs. These mediums are capitalized by 'free' phone apps that promise us instantaneous responses feeding us the idea of a globally connected superfast utopia. The point we are at right now, seemingly online and available 24/7, raises questions of control, surveillance and decline in real-life human interactivity that is seriously affecting the Mental health of many. She works with the same mediums of voice recording, photography, video and GIF-making to understand their influence on the everyday human interaction online. She also makes ink and watercolour paintings and drawings on paper employing meditative mark-making. Exploring the psyche that is affected by the various obsessions of the post-internet world.

Magdalena Zoledz (www, @) born in 1989 in Poland is a post-photographer and PhD student at University of Arts in Poznan (PL) researching mainly the concept of post-photography. She works with text, photography, video and object. She experiments with the idea of the evolution of digital images often referring to posthumanism. Between 2018-2019 she was a visiting research PhD student at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Member of 280A (280a.org) and co-founder of ONE Project.

PrtScr from Museum of Internet Instagram account, 2017.

Click here to watch Félix Maga’s talk about Museum of Internet during Post contemporary IAM Weekend 17, 2017.

Tasneem Lohani, Untitled (ok?), installation: video displayed on iPhone and table with nasty food, 6 min 32 sec, 2019

This is an exploration of the screen, in particular, the phone screen and its significance in everyday life as a mode of communication. Also thinking about how media channels/companies, for their personal profit, influence our decisions and direct who we tend to interact with or the media content we choose to watch online. I am interested in exploring what our ways of distracted and fractured communication, influenced further by media channels, mean for a society heading towards increased isolation and loneliness.

Magdalena Zoledz, picture from “...When the Internet Was Slow”, UV print on aluminium and 3 metal pixels.

While investigating the subject of the digital world and having to deal with many pejorative terms like: low resolution, lack of aura or statements like: being just a copy, orphaned images, visual overflow or even image pollution, made me feel sorry for the digital images. Referring to the popular meditation guides available online, I created an imaginary monologue in which the digital image tries to free itself from everyday worries, as well as those associated with its physicality.