isthisit? is a platform for contemporary art, exhibiting over 800 artists since its creation in May 2016, founded by its current director, artist, curator and writer Bob Bicknell-Knight. Online, it operates as a gallery producing monthly exhibitions showcasing emerging to mid-career artists, hosting a roster of guest curators experimenting with the medium of the internet to interrogate a variety of concepts. The website also hosts monthly residencies, where artists are given a web page to create new work that exists on the internet as a piece of net art. Offline, it has held exhibitions nationally and internationally and is the publisher of isthisit?, a book series released on a yearly basis.
Since its creation offline exhibitions have been held at Annka Kultys Gallery, arebyte Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, Harlesden High Street, State of the Art Berlin, The Muse Gallery, CBS Gallery, Serf, A217 Gallery and The Take Courage Gallery. These are venues that we have either been invited to curate a show for, or have submitted a proposal to. If you're interested in us curating an exhibition at your gallery or project space, email us, we're always looking for physical spaces to collaborate with.
We have shown and collaborated with a range of individuals, from art students to internationally recognised artists, from Harun Faroki to Jillian Mayer, Molly Soda to Eva and Franco Mattes. The predominantly online nature of the platform allows us to work with artists from around the world.
Our monthly online shows are curated by a number of guest curators, who are either invited to participate in the platform or have emailed us with a proposal for an online show. We are open to all types of art, although we are predominantly interested in artworks or curatorial proposes with a technological focus, tackling subjects surrounding artificial intelligence to digital avatars.
The monthly residencies feature artists working within these tech inspired areas, being given a number of blank web pages on the website over the course of a 25 day period to create a new piece of net art, as well as access to the isthisit? Instagram account. This can manifest as a digital diary, a finalised piece of work or anything the individual wishes to create. We encourage artists to email us with a proposal if this interests them.
The book series has covered a number of broad themes, from contemporary modes of surveillance to the culture surrounding video games. The seventh issue is currently being developed, focusing on digital love.
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ISTHISIT? : A platform for post-internet art online before pandemic and art crisis, interview by Eleonora Angiolini w/ Bob Bicknell-Knight. Online at www.rotundamagazine.com, 16 April 2020.
No more dreary viewing rooms - How to make a good online exhibition, interview by Anna Meinecke w/ Bob Bicknell-Knight. Online at galleytalk.net, 26 March 2020.
Trust is the Ultimate Currency @ Harlesden High Street, written by Yasmine Rix. Online at Kunst Review, 8 April 2019.
The latest issue of isthisit? seeks to answer why the news has become untrustworthy, written by Jyni Ong. Online at It's Nice That, 13 March 2019.
Trust Is The Ultimate Currency at Harlesden High Street / London. Online at Daily Lazy, 8 March 2019.
Trust Is The Ultimate Currency at Harlesden High Street. Online at O FLUXO, 27 February 2019.
‘Trust Is The Ultimate Currency’, a Group Show Curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight at Harlesden High Street, London. Online at TZVETNIK, 25 February 2019.
‘Terms and Conditions May Apply’, a Group Show at Annka Kultys Gallery, London. Online at TZVETNIK, 10 August 2018.
Duty Free group exhibition curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight // isthisit?. Online at earth sciences, 26 June 2018.
‘Duty Free’, a Group Show Curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight at Chelsea College of Arts, London. Online at TZVETNIK, 20 June 2018.
‘I’m sorry, I didn’t quite catch that’, a Group Show at Arebyte, London. Online at TZVETNIK, 19 April 2018.
I’m sorry, I didn’t quite catch that curated by isthisit? at arebyte Gallery, London. Online at earth sciences, 10 April 2018.
International Artist-Run Spaces | Cosa ci suggeriscono gli italiani pt. 1. Online at ATP Diary, 5 September 2017.
Enter The Picture - Interview with Bob Bicknell-Knight, interview by Kristina Pulejkova w/ Bob Bicknell-Knight. Online at Enter the Picture, 17 August 2017.
The power of the meme in isthisit?’s magazine launch group show. Online at AQNB, 7 August 2017.
New Artist-Led Hot 100 launched at Assembly Liverpool. Online at a-n, 26 May 2017.
Captured, hoarded and forgotten in Stored in the Depths at IsThisIt?. Online at AQNB, 2 May.
Tabitha Steinberg interviews artist, Bob Bicknell-Knight, interview by Tabitha Steinberg w/ Bob Bicknell-Knight. Online at FAD, 3 April 2017.
Exhibitions, Films & Food Not To Be Missed This March. Online at Something Curated, 1 March 2017.