The cat didn't "break the internet,” but it did bring Squibb and Groys’s conversation to a close. Squibb has now opened things up to the audience. Let me summarize some salient points:
One questioner mentioned various activities of social media users—likes, shares, public discussion—that seem to exceed the monetizable constraints Groys has set. Groys doesn’t deny the value of these activities, but reiterates that if we’re thinking from the perspective of algorithmic and economic interests, we need to recognize that what they define as the meaningfulness of our online content may differ from how we define it.
Another questioner is doubtful about Groys’s claim that the internet has undermined the museum. After all, museum exhibitions on a CV provide comparable means of legitimation in the online and offline worlds. Groys responds that he’s thinking less in terms of undermining than expansion—that the internet is “expanding the field of art.” We see evidence of this expansion, for example, in museums making available larger swathes of their collections than can be shown in their physical galleries. Thinking speculatively, what future “expansions” might occur, as art institutions increasingly try to make the internet not an exception to, but a component part of their identities?
I’ll leave it at that—and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.