Liquid Modernity is a project which I exhibited in the Internet Yami-ichi this past November at the Knockdown Center, a 50,000 square foot former door factory-turned arts space in Queens, New York. The collection featured limited-edition Risograph prints with artwork inspired by .nfo files found inside legendary 90’s and early 2000’s album rips, 1” buttons with infamous warez logos of the Y2K era like Winamp, ICQ, Napster and Soulseek, stickers and party wristbands that contained metadata extracted from pirated music files and torrent tracker urls. Prices varied upon the health of the tracker, thus the more seeders and leechers the higher the price tag.
Internet Yami-Ichi (Internet Black Market) is a global pop-up “Internet-ish” festival founded in Tokyo by artist duo Exonemo and their online art collective IDPW. The New York gathering kicks off a month-long string of events that will see the cyber-themed market travel around the world, from São Paulo to Berlin to Seoul.
“Tribes of New York: Internet Yami-Ichi” — The Village Voice
“At the Internet Yami-ichi Flea Market, Nothing but Net” — T Magazine, NY Times
“I Bought Dank Memes at an Internet Market” — Motherboard