Digital data is vulnerable. Previous software versions can no longer be
opened. Facebook’s “On This Day” recalls your highly curated memories
for you. Our lives are constantly being recorded for future reference,
however, how much of this is properly archived?
Like most millennials, ellen.gif was brought up on early Web 2.0, a period
where Neopets were alive, chat rooms were booming and angsty MSN
display names were omnipresent. Like many tweens, ellen.gif created
websites on Matmice, an Australian version of Geocities, which since has
closed down. ellen.gif’s Wayback Machine (2018) is a video collage of the
artist’s archive, sourced from the Wayback Machine: a digital archive of the
World Wide Web, created by The Internet Archive in 2001.
ellen.gif is scrapbooking her online coming of age by presenting screenshots,
Microsoft paint drawings, glitter graphics and online conversations. Here, ellen.gif is probing the question on whether such digital/physical data is worth archiving, or if it is better discarded.
ellen.gif's Wayback Machine was exhibited as part of YOLKS at The Bearded Tit, Australia.