Chief Curator Jeffery Uslip and Dave Walsh, Instructional Technology Developer in American Culture Studies at Washington University, discuss the term “Post-Internet” as it relates to the work on view by Michael Staniak and its broader real world applications. According to art critic Gene McHugh, Post-Internet describes “art responding to [a condition] when the Internet is less a novelty and more a banality.”
Dave’s originating academic pursuits focused on the ways the cultures of science and literature interacted, sometimes informing and enriching the other, and at other times operating antagonistically in the often described conflicts of the ‘two cultures.’ His insistence that both be studied together, not separately, lead him to the discipline of cultural study (with a capital ‘C S’) and its demanding practice of multidisciplinary inquiry. His latest projects center on the cultural histories of technology and technological practice—from computers to automobiles—and the many narratives (some vexatious, some optimistic) that emerge from the cultural vernacular of different periods. Not content to study technology only from ‘the outside,’ Dave is a practicing coder in web development and database architecture, heading a team of undergraduates who build digital applications for student and faculty research.