the lost children of the www

The series is based on the audio-video work, Until the End of Memory. For a few years, I have been collecting and obtaining an archive that consists of autobiographical footage publicly accessible online. I am appropriating these materials and trying to show the connections between memory and memory materials, in relation to personal and public. I am focusing on autobiography and how the perception of our personal history changes within the development of the mediums and formats we use to recollect, record, archive and share our everyday moments. The motives I am collecting go literally from birth to death and after a few years of collecting, I am wondering if every moment of a possible life is already available on the internet?

Through the series of monoprints, I am discovering how a motive or an event that is very personal to the specific person in the footage connects and transforms into various forms going from digital and public back to analogue and into a personal space (like a wall in the living room, a pocket or a wallet) of an unrelated person. I produced the new edition of prints, The Lost Children of the WWW for the Internet Yami-Ichi (Ljubljana, 2021) – to sell some of these prints on the “black market” of the internet. Mostly because I am somehow stealing and appropriating these personal events (that are publicly available on the internet) of strangers and then selling them again in physical form. The new edition focuses on the photos and recording of children. Children (some even before they are out of the womb) and their faces often are already part of the web and out in the public even before they can even realize what that means and decide for themselves. Maybe this is just part of the development and accessibility of technology. The new generation doesn't have a choice and photos and videos of children get "lost on the internet". These photos of children often wander around and get reproduced, reposted and reinterpreted. What is the value of personal recordings today and the faces of the children lost on the internet, the big void of information? What will make this generation out of this and how will this change their perception of their childhood? Will they take it as normal? As part of their life – a life that was given to them without a choice and so they are instantly also born and exist in the digital world. Do these faces have stories behind them, and what happens to them after they get lost on the WWW?

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