Billions of people use the internet on a daily basis! But, do you know who invented the search engine? Would you be interested to browse the world’s first ever website? Have you ever heard of Susan Kare?

As part of a wider digital archaeology project, it seeks to plug gaps in the historical record by telling the stories of the forgotten artist engineers that shaped today’s digital culture. Take Alan Emtage, Barbadian-born inventor of the search engine. Billions of people use the technology he created on a daily basis but very few know his name. The exhibition includes a working version of his first search engine, Archie. Equally significant is the work of designer Susan Kare. Her icons and fonts have been seen by billions of people, yet few know her name. The exhibition incorporates a selection of the key milestones in the career, including the original Macintosh icons, the MacPaint interface and the Microsoft Solitaire playing cards.

A key part of the exhibition is an open-door digital media archiving service, supported by the British Library, where artists and designer can bring in obsolete media for us to migrate inaccessible historical artwork to a modern format. Where appropriate, the excavated work will be exhibited as part of the exhibition.

Join us in the Press Centre at Here East for this free and recreation of the early years of the web and you can:

Browse the very first website from 1991
Search the web on Archie (the first search engine)
Enjoy the very first web comic
Order a pizza on the first transactional website
See if the coffee is brewed on the world’s first webcam 
Check out the first animated website
Create your own digital city
Take home your very own ASCII portrait


Specific events for the diary:

Wednesday 5th April - Evening discussion 7-9pm - How has the Web changed and developed our creative industries?
Join us for look at the how the evolution of the Web has affected creative jobs and roles over the last 20 years. Hear from Ghislaine Boddington, artist researcher, dramaturge, curator and thought leader specialising in body responsive technologies; Paul Manning, Creative Business Director at strategic digital agency, Ideas East and Lou Macnamara,  contemporary artist and Art and Technology Producer at Space Studios. 

This informal panel discussion will touch on topics around new aesthetics and materials, design and iconography and the general blurring of lines between science and art.
Friday 7th & Saturday 15th April – Family days – 12- 6pm

Learn to code with your children on original 1980s BBC micro computers and get involved in a range of other children’s activities such as a Super Mario Yoshi egg hunt for Easter (Saturday 15th  April).
Saturday 8th April – Code amnesty (British Library) 12 – 6pm

A key part of the 64 Bits exhibition is an open-door digital media archiving service where designers and artists can bring in obsolete media for us to migrate to a modern format. If you have any 3.5 inch floppy discs, CD-ROMs, Zip discs, Jaz discs or Rev discs, then please bring them along on Saturday. If you would like, and where appropriate, the excavated work will be exhibited as part of the exhibition.