Visions of the Internet

Visions of the Internet is a fun-project that collects artefacts of our imagination of the „world wide web“. By assembling different types of visualizations the study tries to track back how pictures have significantly shaped the notion of how and what we think the internet is (and was). The terms that are used to describe the vast idea of an abstract technological infrastructure (think of the 1990s terms Cyberspace, Surfing or Information Super Highway for instance) correspond to a rich culture of visualisations that do not simply serve as illustrations of a given entity but are tools that actively influence the form of our communication. Hence a visual approach aiming to grasp an aesthetic of the internet might help to understand what the internet actually is and how it’s idea has transformed. (image credits: „Don’t you think dreams and the internet are similar? They are both areas where the suppressed conscious mind vents.“ Film still from Paprika, Yasutaka Tsutsui, 1993)