The exhibition "YOU’VE GOT 1243 UNREAD MESSAGES. Last Generation Before the Internet. Their Lives" deals with the recent past where the search for oneself and others took place in an analogue instead of digital environment. The works of art and various everyday artifacts chosen for the exhibit are micro-historical evidence of some 20th century individuals, or whole currents that continued to throw into doubt any borders between art and everyday life. These are stories about the individual memory culture, mutual networking and experimental creation in the pre-digital era.
The exhibition "YOU'VE GOT 1243 MESSAGES" has been developed as a poetic detrition in the cultural layer of the analogue era where artifacts, very different in form and purpose, are found side by side. Artworks and exhibits are selected from a variety of public and private international contemporary art institutions, cabinets of curiosities, local archives and Van Abbemuseum (Netherlands) collection. The narrative lines of the exhibition are developed by a cross-disciplinary group of curators: Kaspars Vanags, Zane Zajančkauska and Diana Franssen (Van Abbemuseum). Their story on the last decades before the Internet is based on different cultural practices: art that was contemporary in the 1970s, private archives of everyday life, analogue era communication devices and outdated social networking habits. This exhibition will look at the recent visual communication history in order to understand how to generate new hybrid “midstream” forms of publishing by learning from the analogue era.