Experiencing physical presence at the gallery – visiting it at this time – may be an exceptional act of self-reflection on the forms of artistic perception. While the dozens of artworks which we have made accessible via the small screens of domestic personal devices within several theme-focused WRO online series do not disappear from the internet, they can now be viewed in other formats and sizes.
We continue to display a new thematic weekly selection of artworks online, with exhibits changing every day. Yet, before being made available on the internet, each new series premieres now at the gallery, and the choice of screenings from each set can be freely made in the exhibition space by means of a smartphone.
In order to use this time to reflect on media art, its varied history, its formal diversity, and the multiplicity of artists’ attitudes and approaches, we have combed our collections for recordings of artistic ventures, including performances, concerts, and interventions undertaken by artists, documentations of installations, and interviews with and comments of the artists who have developed and exhibited their projects at the WRO Art Center over years.
In doing this, we seek not only to recall multiple important pursuits, but also to juxtapose them with each other in novel ways with a view to exploring questions and problems which pervade media art and are articulated through its language. Each of our weekly programs proposes a new thematic arrangement of seven pieces in a noncommittal attempt to look into the recent history of media art, offering both the pleasure of viewing and some inspiring food for thought.