About the exhibition

404 Error: The object is not online is an investigation of the habits of an everyday technology, the internet, and how it relates to activities like collecting, exhibiting, research, and publication. The project experiments by reversing the typical order of an exhibition, presented in the galleries and then represented online, and instead beginning with the online representations and assembling them together.

In contrast to the web, a museum can be defined as a place where the physical presence of objects is the rule; if a copy if present, it is identified as an exception. By tracking objects from their online representations and putting them together in a physical space, some patterns emerge: the web flattens together odour, flavour, distance, weight, texture, and movement into vision; the sustaining systems of the web are banal devices and structures, a mostly hidden infrastructure; online, meaning can be information — data not experience — that may be cut from its context.

About the website

The live feed on this website came from a webcam in the Octagonal gallery of the CCA. When visitors in Montreal entered the gallery, examined objects, and maybe played with the glass blocks in the “Machine for Touching”, the web visitor could watch them and look at photos of the objects. Simultaneously, all web visitors’ cursors were tracked and mouse pointers projected onto the table of objects in the gallery. This table became an intersection of the online and offline “worlds”. Now, the website is all that remains of the exhibition.

The website is accessible through an error. Instead of using a web address like cca.qc.ca/404, the site appropriates the functionality of the cca web server: all errors are redirected here. It is the first website we know of that can be found only if the visitor does not know the address.

Graphic and web design for 404 Error were developed in collaboration with Rumors, New York.

Objects on Display

  • Cedric Price, elevations and environmental control chart for British Transport Docks Board Computer Centre, Middlesex, 1967, Cedric Price fonds, CCA Collection DR1995:0236:055, DR1995:0236:54
  • Cedric Price, elevations and environmental control chart for British Transport Docks Board Computer Centre, Middlesex, 1967, Cedric Price fonds, CCA Collection DR1995:0236:055, DR1995:0236:54
  • Tom Killian, draughtsman, for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, plan and section for Computer Centre for Goldman Sachs, Staten Island, New York, 1986, Gift of Tom Killian, CCA Collection DR1994:0201:034, DR1994:0201:037
  • Tom Killian, draughtsman, for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, plan and section for Computer Centre for Goldman Sachs, Staten Island, New York, 1986, Gift of Tom Killian, CCA Collection DR1994:0201:034, DR1994:0201:037
  • Econa Ltd wiring conduit detail for Cedric Price’s British Transport Docks Board Computer Centre, Middlesex, 1967, Cedric Price fonds, CCA Collection DR2004:0269
  • Tracert.exe command showing internet path to museoarte.perucultural.org.pe, 2010
  • Larry Richards, materials from Positive and Negative Influences of Electronic Systems on Architecture, 1983, Gift of Larry Richards in honour of Phyllis Lambert’s 80th birthday, CCA Collection DR2007:0018:004
  • Cedric Price, Information Storage Study, London, 1966, Cedric Price fonds, CCA Collection DR2004:0264
  • Hoppmann Corporation, Requirements and Criteria for a Command, Control, and Communications Facility, 1973-74, Arthur Erickson fonds, CCA Collection ARCH257432

  • Magnetic tape containing bibliographic and acquisition data for the CCA Collection, 1997-1998, CCA
  • Computer backup cartridge including files for the Anyone book, Any magazine issues 11-15, and the Sim City game. Backup made 29 January, 1997, Anyone Corporation fonds, CCA Collection AP116.S5.SS3.D4
  • Printed index of files that are no longer accessible on the Anyone disc, 1997, Anyone Corporation fonds, CCA Collection ARCH257236
  • Topographical map by an unknown draughtsman, n.d. CCA Collection
  • Photograph of a student model on the topic of “Frontal Surface. Vertically Limited Rhythmical Row” from the “Space” course at the VKhUTEMAS (Higher State Artistic Technical Studios), Moscow, 1920–1926, CCA Collection PH1998:0014:038
  • One spike from John Hejduk’s The House of the Suicide, 1990, Loan from the Georgia Institute of Technology, CCA Collection DR2005:0002
  • 14 hours of the installation of Super City, Montreal, 2005, CCA Collection
  • Bruno Taut, designer, Blanche Mahlberg, inventor, Dandanah, The Fairy Palace, Germany, 1919-1920, Phyllis Lambert Collection TS 2301.T7.G5 Z9 1919
  • Bruno Taut, designer, Blanche Mahlberg, inventor, Glasbauspiel: Bruno Taut Original Design 1920, Weil am Rhein: Vitra Design Museum, ca. 2003 CCA Collection OBJ NA44.T229.5 D3 2003 c.2
  • Greg Lynn, Microstation drawing showing transformations of the Embryological House ‘primitive’, 1999, Embryological House fonds, CCA Collection Microstation software courtesy of Bentley Systems
  • Greg Lynn, www.embryological.com, 1997-2002
  • Greg Lynn, Embryological House Models, ABS Eggs- Size A, 1999 Embryological House Fonds, CCA Collection, DR2004:0019
  • AutoCAD plan of Peter Eisenman’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe including plan and elevation of Frank Gehry’s DG Bank (now DZ Bank) building, Berlin, 1998 Peter Eisenman fonds, CCA Collection AutoCAD software courtesy of Autodesk
  • Aldo Rossi, sectional birds-eye view and massing plan for the Centro direzionale de Torino, 1962, Aldo Rossi fonds, CCA Collection AP142.S1.D4.P1.2, AP142.S1.D4.P1.3
  • Aldo Rossi, sectional birds-eye view and massing plan for the Centro direzionale de Torino, 1962, Aldo Rossi fonds, CCA Collection AP142.S1.D4.P1.2, AP142.S1.D4.P1.3
  • Filiz Klassen, Snow, Rain, Light, Wind: Weathering Architecture. Toronto: Filiz Klassen, 2009, CCA Collection BIB 198528
  • Guy de Maupassant, Contes choisis : Le vieux, Deux amis. Paris: Association Valentin Haüy, 1916, CCA Collection ID 92-B309
  • A.V. Narasimha Murthi and B.K. Gururaja Rao, eds., Rangavalli: Recent Researches in Indology. Delhi: Sundeep, 1983 CCA Collection BIB 196481
  • Silvana Annicchiarico, ed., Il rumore del tempo : Gaetano Pesce. Milan: Charta,
  • 2005, CCA Collection NA44.P473.9 R8 2005
  • Hanno Rauterberg, Holocaust Memorial Berlin: Eisenman Architects. Baden: Lars Müller Publishers, 2005, Gift of Phyllis Lambert, CCA Collection NA44.E36.25 D4 2005
  • A direct line to exhibition curator Lev Bratishenko, who is also available by phone or by chat (on cca.qc.ca/*) between 2 and 5 PM, Thursdays.