Everyone knows the frustration that comes with seeing the numbers 404. But for UK artists, Matthew Britton and Brett O’Connor, the 404 error does not represent a cyber dead-end, but a space for innovative creation and opportunity. To celebrate this idea, Britton and O’Connor teamed up with Motherboard to create 404Error.Gallery, a digital installation showcasing individual error pages from 17 emerging artists. Featuring designs by feminist internet artist, Molly Soda, Sebastian Thewes and Benjamin Berg, among others, the series explores creativity in the digital world by examining the way users transform the idea of error.
“I like to think of ways of subverting these every day online things that we take for granted, the mundane and the overlooked,” said Britton. “So with 404error.gallery, I really wanted these spaces of disappointment on the internet—these spaces where content couldn’t be found—to be filled with creative potential and to imagine how the overlooked could be interpreted by creative minds.”
The project is an exercise in cyber existentialism that challenges both url and irl boundaries.
“It was more of a statement that no space on the web should be overlooked for its creative potential,” Britton added. “I like to put ideas for projects out into the world and see how the world responds, see if it can engage an audience and make them think differently about their everyday routine.”
Check out 404Error.Gallery, here.