“Art Post-Internet” was an exhibition curated by Karen Archey and Robin Peckham for the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing in spring 2014. This is the specially designed pdf catalogue whose with the front page is created each time with the IP and quite approximated location of the user. It includes tentatively definition of “post-internet” by Cory Arcangel, Simon Denny, and Bunny Rogers, art critics Ben Davis and Paddy Johnson, academics Mark Tribe and Esther Choi, and museum professionals Christiane Paul, Raffael Dörig, Jamillah James, Ben Vickers, Omar Kholeif and Gene McHugh.
If you think about a prototypical set for a talk show, you would probably imagine a static situation where the host and his guests are all comfortably seated and the conversation doesn’t face any risks other than those connected to the violation of the turns of speech. However this imaginary is changed by This Spartan Life, a talk show, created by Chris Burke, staged inside the virtual Halo 2 game world. The host Damian Lacedaemonion and his guests try to develop a discourse on multimedia, from digital publishing to video editing, from videogames to experimental music, while running around trying not to get shot by interlopers. This is the problem with chatting in a first-person shooter videogame, where the other online players, connected to Xbox Live Mulptiplayer, don’t understand the easy going behavior of this couple of characters and are ready to attack them. The host defends his confused guests with arms, but when the fight ends, as for every show, the entertainment begins: the Solid Golde Elite Dancers dance, choreographing the chiptune played by DJ Halo, that is 8bits collective musical contribution. If the typical adjustment of the scenes to the voices matches with the talk show, a format held by the rules of conversation, the science fiction setting clashes, making TSL an ironic and surreal visual experience, an interesting application of machinima technique.