ScreenSaverGallery presents: The First and Only Retrospective of Artistic Computer Screensavers


April–September 2021

It has been eight years since the ScreenSaverGallery started exploring the waters of the computer screensaver as an artistic medium. The research not only happens during exhibitions in the gallery itself, but it has also taken on a more academic dimension.

The culmination of this research is the publication The Art of Screensaver (published by BUT & PAF), which will be distributed internationally in 2021,[1] and two extensive exhibitions we have prepared for this year.


The first is titled “The First and Only Retrospective of Artistic Computer Screensavers”, and is scheduled for autumn 2021. It will consist of a selection of artistic screensavers from all over the world that were created between 2010 and 2020. The retrospective will provide around one hundred screensavers, most of which were shown in the past in the ScreenSaverGallery. However, their retrospective-like recontextualisation creates new, important juxtapositions, and enables us to discover repeated patterns in themes, techniques and the forms that screen saver authors have been interested in over the years. It helps us to appreciate just how much the understanding of the computer screen saver context has changed in this short period of time.

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