Video Artist Tony Oursler Hacks an Amsterdam Church with Digital Art

"In a way, the internet is the grim fairytale of our time. I think it’s fitting to tell that story in a church," he says.
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Video artist Tony Oursler's I/O Underflow features projected talking faces on the stained glass windows of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in Amsterdam.

Explains Oursler to The Creators Project, "I think one of the subtexts of the digital age is about this battle between mysticism versus rationalism. The computer has always taken the position of the ratio, the church that of mysticism. In this exhibition I’ve tried to "hack" the church and have them switch places, so that the machine becomes something mystical and the church becomes the matter itself, the ratio. In the history of cinema they brought this idea up that the spectacle of the church was replaced by the spectacle of the screen. And I think you can argue that continues with the digital world, with its own mythology and characters: you have the hackers, the trolls, the businessmen and the money fortresses. In a way, the internet is the grim fairytale of our time. I think it’s fitting to tell that story in a church."

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