Rafaël Rozendaal

Sleep Mode: - The Art of the Screensaver at The Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, 27 Jan — 20 Aug 2017
Curated by Rafaël Rozendaal

Screensavers are a fascinating part of the cultural heritage of the early digital age. These ‘pause images’ first appeared on our computer screens in the mid-1980s but had become completely redundant only fifteen years later. In his installation Sleep Mode: The Art of the Screensaver, internet artist Rafaël Rozendaal presents a remarkable collection of screensavers in Het Nieuwe Instituut. These almost forgotten products were developed to protect computer screens against image burn. But they also have a special cultural significance because they produced the first entirely computer-generated images.