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© Jill Pittendrigh, UBC

We are very happy to be able to present the exhibition iFormations that has travelled from Canada to DH 2012 in Hamburg. So don’t forget to visit iFormations in the West Wing of the Main Building in front of room 221 (see venue maps) once you need a break from posters, panels and discussions!


Artists: Nathan McNinch, Kevin Day, Yan Lou
Curated by Ksenia Cheinman



Inspired by the article “The behaviour of the researcher of the future (the ‘Google generation’)” written by David Nicholas for the Art Libraries Journal1, iFormations are sets of studies exploring the subtle links between information, knowledge and meaning.

Over the past decade, as the letter “i” became interchangeably associated with information, individual and the internet technologies, the integration of the three components deepened and solidified. This new entity’s hybrid identity, while boasting blink-of-an-eye-speeds and access to an unimaginable density of informational nodes, is often ill-equipped when it comes to synthesizing the iContent, having no adequate information literacy skills.

Through the iFormations, each individual artist proposes different scenarios for reconsidering the ways we engage with and understand information. By excluding interactivity and by including pieces that take time to decode, differences between reading and viewing information are made evident.