An exhibition exploring information overload and the way people read online will launch tonight in Tallinn showcasing the work of international artists.
"Too Long, Didn’t Read" will feature printed word, photography, video and stereography and runs throughout August at The Tallinn Art Hall Gallery.
The exhibition’s name comes from the dismissive online acronym TL:DR, which is used when a reader wants to comment on a piece of text online but shows that they thought it was too long and uninteresting to read all the way through.
The artwork selected for the show explores the themes of information overload and manipulation of media ecologies.
Opening on July 31 at 6pm, there will be a performance by sound artist Andres Lõo, the presentation of Estonia’s first asemantic novel “Maa Ja Ilm” by Jaan Malin and a mural by Jesús María Rodríguez Santos.
Curator Stacey Koosel said: “The new term (coined in 2003) as an example of the demand for a certain style of communication, a need for instant satisfaction and the current state of attention spans. Media theorists attribute this change in literacy, as a response to information overload. When an environment overwhelms the senses, we revert to aural, spatial and visual styles of information processing as well as pattern recognition.”
Artists taking part include: Erki Kasemets and Maris Karjatse, Eva Sepping, Sten Saarits, Jesús María Rodríguez Santos, Kiwa, Pille-Riin Jaik, Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet.
The exhibition will run until August 23.
Editor: S. Tambur, H. Wright