Captive Portal: A New Virtual Platform

Captive Portal A New Virtual Platform at the CCA Launching March 5, 2015 at 8pm The CCA is proud to present “Captive Portal,” a new, site-specific curatorial platform comprised of WiFi and dedicated to the presentation of new work by local and international artists. The project is inaugurated with a new artwork by missdata (Tsila Hassine) that will be available starting March 5th at the CCA.

“Captive Portal” is a digital “fifth wall,” like a gallery wall, that will accessed by visitors on their mobile wireless devices during their visit to the CCA, where the WiFi platform is available throughout the building. We constantly navigate WiFi spaces in our daily lives, and connect with them through “captive portals” that are usually used for commercial advertising by large corporations, but it can also serve as an invisible “canvas.”

The CCA would like to take advantage of the constant obsessive search for WiFi, by both humans and cellular machines, to “captivate” or trap audiences into viewing a temporary, site-specific work of art before continuing to surf the net or use their mobile device. The project manipulates the very moment when visitors disconnect from the gallery space and enter an immaterial “space” rife with possibility.

“Captive Portal” is curated by Yoav Lifshitz, Tal Messing, and CCA Curator Chen Tamir.  Programming: Nir Harel

missdata (Tsila Hassine) examines the shifts in contemporary culture brought upon by accelerated digitization processes. Her works question the unbearable lightness of connectivity, and negotiate the price of remaining constantly ״on.” She earned an MFA in Media Design from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and was a research fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Paris Sorbonne University. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Digital Art, Holon; the Science Museum, Jerusalem; Transmediale, Berlin; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Smart Project Space in Amsterdam, and many others.

Tal Messing and Yoav Lifshitz are theoreticians, lectors, creators, and curators, and are also the founders of the Pirate Party Israel. Among their projects to date are a fake mayoral campaign for Daphni Leef (March 2013); “The Unobject” exhibition at HaShuk Street Gallery, Tel Aviv (2014); “The Unobject: The Re-Materialization of the Concept,” and essay published in Bezalel’s Journal of Visual & Material Culture (August 2014); and “Occupy WiFi,” a conceptual and digital activist project (August 2014, ongoing).

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