Life Needs Internet

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  • Original Title: Life Needs Internet
  • Year: 2012
  • Award: WSA European Young Innovators
  • Category: European Young Innovators
  • Producer: Jeroen Van Loon
  • Organisation: Life Needs Internet
  • Country: Netherlands
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Life Needs Internet is a video-installation that shows the rise and impact of digital technology on different cultures today.

Jeroen van Loon started this project by traveling to areas representing the extreme opposites of our Western possibility to access digital technology. Varying from a village in West Papua, where nobody had heard of the concept Internet to the bustling metropolis of Singapore. Here and everything in between he interviewed people he met on his travels. He asked each person to hand write a letter describing the influence of digital technology on his or her daily life.

Life Needs Internet shows eight of these letters and video-portraits that altogether portray the complete evolution of our global digitalization and its impact on societies. By looking at our digital world through a traditional technique like the handwritten letter, Life Needs Internet shows very personal and intimate stories that portray a global and digital process.