Insight: Dotcom Séance, resurrecting ghost companies & reexamining their role in Web3, δημοσίευση CLOT Magazine [23/10/2022]Marilena Pateraki
New-Zealand born Berlin-based Simon Denny’s creative practice reflects an interest in technology and its advancement from the technical perspective and more profoundly explores technology’s sustained influence on global cultural and political development, with a particular focus on the tech industry.
Dotcom Séance is an expansive digital installation that reflects Simon Denny’s work’s core facets. One thing Denny tries to do in various ways across his practice is to explore the culture around technologies like blockchain – to poetically unpack the energy, the economic promises, the ideologies, and the attention that consolidate around them. Art can offer different views onto dense and complicated innovations – making these developments more perceptible and affecting is a big part of what artists can do. And Dotcom Séance looks at how the technology business influences, but has also been influenced by, broader social dynamics: it tells the story of a number of companies that failed in the early 2000s, in the so-called dotcom crash, but whose models or products proved, in retrospect, to be prescient. Denny explained over Email.
At the bottom of the Dotcom Séance website, there’s a quote from Marc Andreessen: “there are no bad ideas in tech, only bad timing.” Andreessen started Netscape, one of the early graphical web browsers, when he was still an undergraduate and is now a prominent Silicon Valley VC investing heavily in Web3. Looking at figures like Andreessen, who have seen so much of this change firsthand and unpacking the worldviews that have shaped them (and the impacts their thought-leadership has given rise to, in turn) can yield insight into how this influence unfolds. Denny continued.
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