Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) at the Whitechapel Gallery traces the impact of computer and internet technologies on artists over the past 50 years. And much like the internet, it is a jam-packed, spam filled, free-for-all. Running in reverse chronological order, it includes works by 70 artists, fr om lo-fi 60s plotter drawings to Jacolby Satterwhite’s 2016 fantasy computer game sex video.
The contemporary contingent (which reads like a who’s who of trendy young artists with Hito Steyerl, Cory Archangel, Ryan Trecartin et al) fills the ground floor gallery with an assortment of flashing lights, projections, images, flirty iMessage conversations and a bare bum that talks. Just like trawling the internet. While it can be tricky to navigate the sheer number of works, there are a handful of gems that are worth taking time on.