Human / Digital: a symbiotic love affair
Digital Art from the Hugo Brown Family Collection

Feb. 9, 2017 – April 2, 2017 This exhibition has ended
Shezad Dawood Kalimpong, 2016 Virtual Reality installation duration variable, Hugo Brown Family Collection
HUMAN / DIGITAL: a symbiotic love affair’ is an exhibition on contemporary artists who take their inspiration from the Internet and digital technology. While the definition of Post-Internet Art is still being debated, the impact that computers, the internet and new digital technologies have on contemporary artists is growing unabated.

Collaborations and experimenting with concepts such as copyright and ownership are essential for artists working with technology. Over thirty artworks from the Brown Family Collection - from photography to video art, and from websites to installations - by 25 different national and international artists, including Jon Rafman, Constant Dullaart, Anne de Vries, Cory Arcangel, Jonas Lund en Rafaël Rozendaal illustrate the diversity of digital art. Visual spectacles on giant screens, digital compositions, video projections and spatial work; the artworks in this exhibition are all about our digital world and how we relate to it.

Cécile B Evans, Self-Plagiarised Study for Lover One, Hugo Brown Family Collection

Art in the Digital Era

Highlights include the monumental work ‘A*, 2014’ by the American artist Tabor Robak, which is an ecstatic celebration of video games and computer-generated images that are both funny and grotesque at the same time. From the Belgian-American artist Cécile B. Evans, whose work was one of the highlights of the Berlin Biennale, the intense video work 'Self-Study for plagiarized Lover One' will be shown. The exhibition also includes works by Dutch-Brazilian artist Rafaël Rozendaal, who regards the Internet as a canvas and who made a name for himself with artworks in the form of websites which have attracted over 60 million visitors to date.

It is only in the last five years that the art world has begun to recognise the importance of Internet Art
Mark Brown - collector of digital art

The installation ‘Jennifer in Paradise’ by Dutch artist Constant Dullaart is an online homage to the first-ever Photoshopped photograph. The exhibition also includes work by Matt Lipps, David Lachapelle, Matt Colishaw, Ryan McGinley, John Maeda and many others. The Kunsthal is the first gallery in the Netherlands to exhibit the latest spectacular Virtual Reality work by London-based artist Shezad Dawood, ‘Kalimpong’, which was a huge success during the recent edition of the contemporary art fair FRIEZE in London.

Besides being a major a digital attraction, the exhibition is also a meeting place where artists, collectors and the wide audience can explore the art world of tomorrow.

Participating artists include:

Cory Arcangel, Yael Bartana, Katerina Belkina, Alex Da Corte, Shezad Dawood, Constant Dullaart, Cécile B. Evans, Brendan Fowler, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Yu Honglei, Oliver Laric, Jonas Lund, John Maeda, Ryan McGinley, Geert Mul, Niels Post, Jon Rafman, Ryder Ripps, Tabor Robak, Rafaël Rozendaal, Travess Smalley, Dominik Stauch, Anne De Vries.

For the first time in the Netherlands!



9 February 2017 - 2 April 2017
Shezad Dawood uses Virtual Reality to push the boundaries of imagination. In his work 'Kalimpong', using Virtual Reality glasses, you can experience your own virtual expedition through the Himalayas from Kalimpong, a small town in West Bengal. You step into a layered world full of history, secret passeges and snow fields under a starry night sky. Art, history, technology and adventure in one!

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DIGITAL DAYS 1 - 5 maart

From Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 March, the Kunsthal is organising Digital Days, which focus on the increasingly dependent relationship between man and technology. The programme in cooperation with V2_Lab for the Unstable Media and STRP includes talks, workshops, films, games and interactive installations, all of which will be of interest to both a general and a specialised public. Further information about the educational programme will follow shortly.

Like to see more digital art?

Het Nieuwe Instituut exhibits 'Sleep Mode. The Art of the see Screensaver’, curated by Rafaël Rozendaal (until 25 June).


Friday open until 22:00
On 21 June - during Friday Night LIVE - the Kunsthal will be open in the evening.
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