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Media artist kyttenjanae’s work is part of the “Internet Art Gallery” exhibit. [CRAZY MULTIPLY]

Like the Internet itself, the world’s largest digital art biennale is accessible anytime, anywhere.

The second edition of “The Wrong” kicked off at the beginning of the month and is happening both online and in real life through Jan. 31.

Online, the event is being hosted by “pavilions,” or virtual exhibition spaces. In the physical world, the biennale is being held at “embassies,” which are galleries and other art spaces that are hosting exhibits, performances and other events.

Out of the more than 40 venues around the world participating, only two are located in East Asia. Local art collective Crazy Multiply is hosting the exhibit “Internet Art Gallery” both online and at Our Monster Gallery in Mullae-dong, southwestern Seoul, for a week beginning Saturday.

While the biennale has no overarching theme, the Seoul organizers chose to focus on the early Internet age. Through the online gallery (internetartgallery.net), viewers can get nostalgic while clicking through a collection of ’90s-inspired digital art.

From the landing page, with its vintage fonts and neon colors, visitors to the site are transported back to a time of low-res animations, Windows 95 and the Spice Girls. But in a modern twist, viewers can like and share the digital works.

Meanwhile, at Our Monster Gallery, QR codes will allow guests to view the retro artworks on their smartphones, bridging digital tech of the 20th and 21st centuries.

And those who attend the gallery opening party from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday will be captured on live, streaming video of the event, becoming part of the online exhibit. Guests can take selfies to “sign” the virtual guest book, and, according to the organizers, “constant phone use is encouraged,” bringing the throwback event fully into the modern era.

BY BREDA LUND [bredalund@gmail.com]



“Internet Art Gallery” runs from Saturday to Nov. 27 at Our Monster Gallery in Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo District, southwestern Seoul. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.crazymultiply.com. To access “The Wrong” digital biennale, visit thewrong.org.
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