The past 20 years have seen seismic shifts in how we live together and in the organisation of society through the processes of globalisation and the proliferation of network technologies. We are endlessly cycling through information delivered at an ever increasing rate to an ever expanding array of devices. This ‘always on’ culture is leading to the increasing precarity of relations. The works in cycling through start to disentangle the use of technology to articulate our day to day subject positions, from the personal to the global in relation to an increasingly complex and overcoded world.
Banal inferno brings together the practices of six international artists whose production is united by an interest in the cultural effects generated by network culture. Resisting the technological fixation of an earlier generation of net artists, instead playing amongst the fading strong signs of a dying mass culture, these artists attempt to reterritorialise some of the mental spaces and flows occupied by an ‘always on’ culture.