Last Year On The Internet was an exhibition by Negative Jam at Ordinary Projects in Chicago, IL from June 6th to June 28th, 2015.
Popular cultures temporality has drastically changed with the introduction of the Internet and radical connectivity. The lifespan of a trend, topic or spectacle is fleeting but its range and reach are exponentially larger than any other point in history. The impact of pop culture content is deep but fleeting which changes the influence on the way societies view themselves and others. This shift in participation, altered longevity and skewed relevance of information necessitated an artistic intervention. Through exploration and analysis two artists have started cataloging what happens online and presenting their findings each month through a podcast, Last Month on the Internet. After twelve months of collection, research and performances the exhibition, Last Year on the Internet was developed.
The audience took a look at the physical and virtual manifestation of the life we have all collectively lived for the past twelve months online and saw how memic theory is continuously altering and dictating our combined memory of what has happened online, what was successful and what has changed us forever.