Currently the (offline) Life Needs Internet archive has over 1200 handwritten letters from over 40 different countries.
The goal of Life Needs Internet is to document digital culture through handwritten letters. In 2010 Dutch artist Jeroen van Loon started collecting handwritten letters that all answered the same question: How does the internet affect your daily life and how does this make you feel?
Letters are written by different people varying in age, culture and occupation: e.g. a tribe member from West-Papua, an engineer from Singapore, an artist from The Netherlands, a student from Afghanistan, a business woman from India or a computer engineer from Cuba.
This website offers the opportunity to participate by writing your own letter. Each uploaded letter is added to the offline archive, a selection of them are published here online.
Insight into digital culture
There is no global digital culture, it differs per culture, generation, country or even city. While in 2020 still only 58,7% of the world’s population is using to the internet, writing a letter is still a technology that is roughly available to anyone. It’s a simple, low-cost and low-tech way to document thoughts and feelings, easily done wherever you are, with or without an Internet connection.
By collecting these letters the global influence of the Internet is preserved through a traditional and local medium; each handwritten letter is a unique cultural artefact. Together these letters create an archaeological insight into digital culture.
Research and publications
Eventually this archive will be used for research and artistic publications. Part of this are the video installation works, which can be seen below.