Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)

  • Photo of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

    Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Surface Tension (1992) Courtesy the artist and Carroll/Fletcher, London. Installation photograph by Maxime Dufour  © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

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    Nam June Paik, Internet Dream (1994), video sculpture, 287 x 380 x 80 cm. ZKM | Collection © (2008) ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Photo: Steffen Harms

  • Addie Wagenknecht, Asymetric Love, 2013

    Addie Wagenknecht, Asymmetric Love (2013) Courtesy bitforms gallery, New York. Photograph by David Payr © Addie Wagenknecht

  • Oliver Laric, Versions (Missile Variations), 2010 sm

    Oliver Laric, Versions (Missile Variations) (2010) Private Collection, London. Image courtesy the artist and Seventeen Gallery, London © Oliver Laric

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    Thomas Ruff, Substrat 34 I (2007) Courtesy David Zwirner New York/London © Thomas Ruff

  • Seduction of a Cyborg sm1

    Lynn Hershman Leeson, Seduction of a Cyborg (1994) ZKM Collection © (2015) ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe © Lynn Hershman Leeson

  • Eduardo Kac, Tesao (Horny), 1985

    Eduardo Kac, Tesão (Horny) (1985) Courtesy the artist and England & Co. Gallery, London © Eduardo Kac

Past Exhibition

Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)

29 January – 15 May 2016

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“…an absorbing show – set aside a few hours and take a plunge”  – Evening Standard

“compelling and refreshing” – It’s Nice That

A major exhibition bringing together over 100 works to show the impact of computer and Internet technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day.

The exhibition title is taken from a term coined in 1974 by South Korean video art pioneer Nam June Paik, who foresaw the potential of global connections through technology. Arranged in reverse chronological order, Electronic Superhighway begins with works made at the arrival of the new millennium, and ends with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T), an iconic, artistic moment that took place in 1966. Key moments in the history of art and the Internet emerge as the exhibition travels back in time.

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The exhibition features new and rarely seen multimedia works, together with film, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. From Cory Arcangel, Jeremy Bailey, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart and Oliver Laric, to Roy Ascott, Judith Barry, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Ulla Wiggen, over 70 artists spanning 50 years are included. Watch a tour of the exhibition with curator Omar Kholeif .

For families with young children, please note some works in this exhibition contain sensitive material. Please contact us for further information. A sound trail for younger visitors, devised specially by artist Jenny Moore for the exhibition, is available to stream or download via Soundcloud.

Generously supported by:
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With additional support from:

Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Centre London
Institute Für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. Stuttgart
Korean Cultural Institute
Outset Estonia
Embassy of Sweden in London
The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

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Electronic Superhighway Season

Coinciding with Electronic Superhighway are a series of free commissions and displays:

Luke Fowler & Mark Fell
30 Oct 2015 – 7 Feb 2016
Multidisciplinary artists Fowler and Fell collaborate on a new project exploring technological advancements in music over time.

Harun Farocki: Parallel I-IV
15 Dec 2015 – 5 Jun 2016
’s major video installation Parallel I-IV (2012-2014) charts the evolution of computer game graphics over 30 years.

Artists’ Film International
29 Jan – 3 Apr 2016
Themed on ‘technologies’, this year-long screening programme begins with Rachel Maclean’s dark and surreal Germs (2013) and Atmospheres (2015) by Indian artist Rohini Devasher.

Heather Phillipson
12 Feb – 17 Apr 2016
Artist and award-winning poet Heather Phillipson presents an immersive new multimedia installation.

Jonas Lund: Fair Warning
7 April – 12 June 2016
Coinciding with the exhibition Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966), Swedish artist Jonas Lund presents a new online work titled Fair Warning (2016).



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See10 key works included in Electronic Superhighway as selected by exhibition curator Omar Kholeif, plus the full list of artists.

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