“There are two types of homepages that break my heart on a daily basis. Ones that promise that soon—very soon, in two weeks, or till the end of the year, or when school starts or stops—the page will be built…Others are goodbye pages. Their masters say that they fail, or that they got real life or the real domain name, or that they are angry about Yahoo or rude comments. Both could be last updated on the same day and appear next to each other in the archives timeline.” Olia Lialina
This slide projection documents the lifecycle of GeoCities web pages, the now-defunct web hosting service. GeoCities was founded in July 1994 by “Beverly Hills Internet” and quickly became one of the most popular hosting services on the web. With the advent and professionalisation of web design, Geocities became synonymous for bad taste. As social media ascended, GeoCities users continued to dwindle, until October 26 2009 when GeoCities hosting services came to a grinding halt. Internet activists and archivists managed to download a terabyte worth of webpages hosted on GeoCities. Give me time/This page is no more presents Lialina’s archival study into this unprecedented cache of user culture.
About the Artist Olia Lialina (May 4 1971, Moscow) is a pioneering Internet artist and theorist, an experimental film and video critic and curator. Lialina graduated in 1993 after studying film criticism and journalism at Moscow State University, followed by art residencies at C3(Budapest, 1997) and Villa Waldberta (Munich, 1998).
In 1994 she was one of the founders, and later director, of Cine Fantom, an experimental cinema club in Moscow that she co-founded together with Gleb Aleinikov, Andrej Silvestrov, Boris Ukhananov, Inna Kolosova and others. Lialina taught at New Media Lab (Moscow, 1994), Joint Art Studios (Moscow, 1995), University of Westminster (London, 1997), MUU (Helsinki, 1997), Kunst Academiet (Trondheim, 1998); Fachhochschule (Augsburg, 1998), University of Graz (1998) and Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Munich, 1998–99). In 1999 Lialina became a teacher and course director at the New Media pathway program at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart.