Digital Media Artist, researching the socio-cultural impact of digital technology on different cultures today
LIFE NEEDS INTERNET
“I don’t know what internet is”
Isajk, Obolma, West-Papua.
“Someone who doesn’t use a computer is missing out in life”
Lily Rumba, Darjeeling, India
“Digital information has made ‘modern man’ suffer from digital incontinence”
Roos van Geffen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The project was initiated in 2010 when Jeroen van Loon started his research by traveling to areas representing the extreme opposites of our possibility to access to internet. Varying from a village in West Papua, where nobody had heard of the concept internet to the bustling metropolis of Singapore, where internet controls society. Here and everything in between he interviewed people he met on his travels. He asked each person to hand write a letter describing the influence of access to internet on his or her daily life. By looking at our digital world through the traditional technique of handwritten letters, we discover original and personal stories which portray our global digitalization.