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110110101 (2002) is a collaborative project formed by four cars equipped with infrared lights and walkie-talkies that run on Los Angeles’ freeways – the 101, the 10 and the 1. We compose a four-car group, which acts like a conscious OI (organic intelligence) intervening in the freeway space. Our goals are to address cars as cellular automata – programmed isolated entities – as well as to visualize invisible and hidden networks. The first part deals with freeways as (non) places in which people do not communicate consciously. They are isolated in the interior of their cars. Therefore, the traffic pattern can be considered analogous to an automata behavior, somehow following a predetermined set of rules. In contrast to cellular automata, however, we subvert the logic of traffic by creating intentional and expected patterns. We also network with each other via walkie-talkies. In addition to our conscious network, there are hidden networks on the cityscape, which we are not aware of. Hence, the second layer of this project deals with the visualization of such networks through infrared lights. The infrared light network is invisible to the human eye, and is used as a marking and communication protocol among the group. This “hidden” action is intended to expose the many connotations of networks in the city space.
Credits: Kim Hager, Namrata Mohanty, Megan Newell, Dolores Rivera, Adriana de Souza e Silva, Ashok Sukumaran, Fabian Winkler.
…and I visit you there… (2002) is a story told by many cultures, in many languages. People from different places were asked to talk about a hypothetical travel in their home countries, in their native languages. Although there are several narrators, the journey is only one, and it is developed by connecting places through sentences. English is used, in this context, not to connect languages, but to serve as a common denominator that makes communication possible. On the other hand, communication is not only about understanding words: it is based on emotional responses, cadence, and intonation. A speech that travels and transforms itself while going from place to place, without a specific direction, represents the essence of traveling. The traveler is the one that goes without a map, not knowing when they will return, or even if they will return at all. The traveler contacts cultures, but not connect them, because cultures cannot be connected. Nevertheless, traveling around the globe has always been the most important way of bringing cultural awareness.
database (2001) is an electronic reading device that deals with the inversed functionality of three technologies: a printer, a video camera, and a database. As such, it raises issues about the erasure of text, the act of reading in real time (i.e., listening to a printed text), and physical databases. We challenge the idea of the database as a non-linear and digital structure and the printer as an output device as well as an information recorder. Our aim is to question the traditional meaning of computer interfaces. We achieve this by inverting their basic functionality. The installation deals with the opposition between presence and absence, recording and erasing, memory and forgetfulness, present and continuous time, reading and listening. These concepts are connected with the idea of present time as a time that is always passing by.
In collaboration with Fabian Winkler.
- Nominated in the Japan Media Arts Festival / Digital Art (Interactive Art) Division.
- Award-winning project in the ACADIA 2002 Digital Design Exhibition (Pomona, CA – Oct. 26th).
- Paper published in SiGRaDI 2002 (6th Ibero-American Congress of Digital Graphics). Caracas – Venezuela – Nov. 2002
- Presented in File Symposium 2002 (Festival Internacional de Liguagem Eletrônica). São Paulo – Brasil / August.
- Exhibited at the Electronic Literature STATE OF THE ARTS Symposium. UCLA – April 4th-6th.
- Featured in Prof. N.Katherine Hayles’ keynote speech at the Electronic Literature Symposium. AUDIO | TEXT
- Reviewed in the LA TIMES: Opening the Book on Literature’s Future. April, 14th.
OnSite (2009) explores the construction of Hybrid Reality Games (HRGs) for entertainment and educational purposes. HRGs are location-based games that take place simultaneously in two spaces: a digital online space and a physical environment. Equipped with GPS-enabled mobile phones, players in a pre-chosen physical location access location-based information about that space and interact with online players through text messages and voice communication. At the same time, online players track the real-time movement of physical players on an online map that represents the physical location while communicating with the players in the physical space. The collaborative and real-time coordination of HRGs make them especially suitable for educational contexts, as well as other situations that require remote and local networked interaction.
Concept and Coordination
Adriana de Souza e Silva
Programming and Implementation
Joyce Rudinsky, domain scientist for the arts and humanities at the Renaissance Computing Institute.
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