If you happen to be in the neighbourhood we’d recommend dropping in to see the latest event taking place at Here East. Explore 64 Bits, an exhibition which showcases the evolution of the web in a fun and interactive way.
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64 Bits: An Exhibition of The Webs Lost Past
Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS
30 March – 21 April 2017
12pm – 6pm
64 Bits, An Exhibition of The Web’s Lost Past, was created by Jim Boulton, a digital archeologist, who wanted to dig up all the best pieces of the webs’ iconic past before we get too ahead of ourselves with the latest technology.
The exhibition is hugely interactive so expect to get involved in a variety of interesting ways; browsing through Tim Berners-Lee’s inaugural website, searching the web on the first ever search engine, Archie (from the Barbadian-born Alan Emtage), and taking a look at the world’s first web comic – then give it a go yourself by creating your own digital city!
There are also numerous digital artefacts on display to be seen as you wander around this exciting space. You’ll be able to see a selection of Susan Kare’s work in and around the exhibition, as she created many of the interface elements for the Apple Macintosh in the 1980s.
You can even leave with a keepsake of your very own ASCII portrait! For those of you who don’t know, before computers were used to produce graphics, a popular hobby was to create images from character keys (see above). Pretty spectacular work by some very creative individuals!
Then again, this exhibition isn’t all about the past. Here East are largely invested in developing the future, so they’ve made sure that there are a number of workshops and talks around learning basic coding and programming for children who are interested in a future in tech. Here East is all about bringing together business, tech media, education and data in the name of innovation. Head to the website to see when these talks and workshops will be taking place.
64 Bits is an amazing curation of our past that we shouldn’t forget! We almost owe it to take a moment to walk down memory lane and celebrate the early inventions of the web that we take for granted. If you’ve visited the exhibition, tell us what you thought and leave a comment below!