Check Out This Artist’s Real Life Internet

You can’t swipe right on a real person

When you live in an urban center of the United States, meeting someone who isn’t on services like Facebook or Instagram is a whole lot weirder than meeting someone who is. Social platforms and digital communication tools are so ubiquitous we take for granted that not everyone in the world, well, cares!

Such is the case in the small Italian village of Civitacampomarano, located in the Campbasso province toward the country’s southern region. Compared to the industrial north and cities like Milan and Turin, the south is Italy’s more provincial half, and Civitacampomarano is one of those bucolic villages that seems to have been forgotten by time. So it stands to reason that the village residents, the largest percentage of which are over the age of 75, aren’t a super connected set.

All makes Civitacampomarano a counter-intuitively ideal backdrop for a street art installation about a living internet. Italian artist Biancoshock turned the streets of the village into an a sort of analog facsimile for the digital world with his “Web 0.0” exhibition. That doesn’t mean he hard wired the whole town. It’s still a town basically carved from stone and perched on a hill. But he converted IRL spaces into stand-ins for tech that the townspeople don’t pay much mind to, like a WhatsApp phone booth and a gmail post box.

Biancoshock’s installation is just the first of a six-part street art event in the city called “CVTá Street Fest” meant to revitalize the abandoned historical town center, and here is a look at how he subverted ultimate connectivity in the most disconnected of places.

There's a whole lot of swiping going on at the Tinder bench.

Going viral, corporeal style.

WeTransfer even on cobblestone streets.

One-woman hive mind.

Local power seller.

The most powerful search engine in town.

This Facebook wall has all the local happenings.

The only RSS feed you need.

No sub-tweeting allowed.

Reach out and touch someone.

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