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TRANSMEDIALE.04
PARTNER EVENT
TRANSMEDIALE: FLY UTOPIA!
A conference, exhibition and workspace opens January 31st in Berlin.


TRAVELOG

The City in the Age of Touristic Reproduction
Boris Groys
The tourist and the city dweller become identical.

Can the art world really do Hollywood better than Hollywood?
Steven Rand
The hypnotism
of technology: where is the end?

Mobile Utopia
Charles Esche
A utopian day-trip through two views of humanity 400 years apart.

FEATURE AND WRITINGS
LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND WITH AN EU PASSPORT BY TANJA OSTOJIC
ONLINE
Light Type Writer
Constantin Luser


THEORY

Utopia with Lara Croft and some other monsters and Aliens
Marina Gržinić
The re-direction of desires, facts & bodies in the global world.

THE EMPIRE AND ITS UTOPIAS
Žarko Paić
How to envision utopia, and not run away from society’s real repression / depression into a ghetto or exile for fantastic outsiders?


ZERZAN VON TARZAN UND TAXIS - FASCISM OF DESIRE OR FASCISM OF OBJECTS
Zoran Roško
The rejection of human will, civilisation, & the search for what we have left.




ART WORK
TRANS.MISSION
 
VIEW
Still from the film Persona (1966), directed by Ingmar Bergman   Digital Golem
(structural overview)
Eric van Hove

Digital Golem
Eric Van Hove
Description:
This gathering is aimed at forming a multi-language/multi-topic world-wide chat involving e-mail coming from cell phones directly within an exhibition space, as well as from any web-accessed computer or digital device on the planet. There is few technical or material requirements for participation in: basically, any device that can send e-mail.

This textual online exchange, symbolizing a digital human identity (the Golem), is created and subsequently destroyed: it would live and die as a conversation does. Nothing will be recorded, nothing will be archived: communication is a chimera that should be attempted. Visitors to the exhibition are able to "witness" the happening in real time at the venue.

Why use email? We believe that, within the digital field, pluralism can only be achieved by using its most basic and global-spread tool: email.

Why a chat? Witnessing the cross-cultural success of "Internet chat rooms" in terms of global interaction, we acknowledge the potential of this medium, which - combined with emai l- represents the widest and most egalitarian digital exchange tool nowadays.

Concept of the work: The Digital Renaissance
More than anything else, we would like to propose a cross-cultural gathering that only digital technology may host, as we stand at the threshold of a new era provoked by what analysts call the Informational Revolution.

We do not forget that nowadays the notion of art itself is equivocal and puzzling, and that "digital art" could definitely be looked at as a specialized, hence categorical, field. Consequently the artwork itself lies at the very edge of the communication and exchange process and doesn't need to be antecedently acknowledged by all participants (this therefore enhances the possible scope of dialogue and exchange). The chat corpus will anyhow be turned in real-time into a semantico-digital art installation, creating a memory that transcends the physical situation of the beholding.

The project's aim to reach another step in net-art and mobile communication within public space following other recent projects that have used such device or email on a smaller scale such as: Blinkenlights of the Chaos Computer Club (2001-2002), hello Mr.president of Johannes Gees (World Economic Forum - 2001), Caterina Davinio's global project GATES (July/September 2003), Kaleidophone of Christian Möller (ZKM - 1999) or Markus Schnell Wunschbrunnen (Basel 2003).

The "Golem" is an allegory, based on the humanist reciprocal idea that all of humanity exists in each human. A digital metaphor of human identity, it will be born, thrive and pass away just as we do, endeavoring only to relate. Content will be deleted almost immediately following its communication, nothing will be recorded. The sum of our existence amounts to having touched and been touched by others. Perhaps that is our greatest legacy, more than any monument or statue or anything else that can be left behind (and subsequently protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site....).

Eric van Hove (BE)
Artist based in Tokyo.

http://www.transcri.be




CONTENTS








ART WORK
LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND WITH AN EU PASSPORT BY TANJA OSTOJIC
ONLINE
Light Type Writer
Constantin Luser
TRANSMISSION

The
Plug'n'Pray
project

Lionello Borean & Chiara Grandesso

Light Type Writer
Constantin Luser

The Digital Golem
Eric van Hove

Good News©
Mihael Milunović

A View Thought the Red Window
Sarawut Chutiwongpeti


TOPIC AREAS
SYSTEMS

SYSTEMS
 
TRANS.MISSION
 
PERSONAL
 
MECHANIZED
 
MICRO-UTOPIAS
 

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