Following times of unease and crysis, the promised return to normalcy is a look back through rose-colored glasses to a recent past. For the generations of young artists today, the 1990s and 2000s are made up of nostalgic optimisms and broken promises; the ruins of those years still haunt our contemporary society. Growing up on simulated historical narratives in video games, the fantasy timelines and digital landscapes form a collective memory filled with hyper-romanticized and misquoted pasts. Other places, like The Internet Archive’s library, house millions of websites, software, books, images, and more; these collections of digitized assets are our current digital histories, today’s ruins to explore.
This project is part of the national cultural programme "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in the year 2023" and is funded by the City of Timișoara, through the Center for Projects.