Omar Kholeif’s latest book traces recent transformations of the artistic landscape through the internet, continuing the curator’s previous writing on the digital age as well as acclaimed classics such as John Berger’s Ways of Seeing and Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. Part-autobiography, part-critical analysis, Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age unpicks the ways our perception of images has been reshaped by digital technologies.
The design of the book draws upon the visual language of image sharing platforms and search engines, referencing digital tools of image reproduction such as Instagram’s story and repost functions. Black-and-white thumbnail images inserted within the text create analogue links between the text-based analysis and the preceding image library. The Algorithmic Playlists, consisting of more autobiographical observations, are presented in Night Shift mode and separated through inverting the background colour of the page.