Transmute

how to couple real performers and Second Life Avatars? how to produce a piece that compels and at the same time incorporates and complements the real and the virtual? This last question was asked in the two installations exhibited in “Transmute” at the University of Toronto art Centre. In “Dancing […]

virtual vs real

one of the performances/demonstrations that were part of friday night SL showdown is the work of coreographer and media artist Johannes Birringer (please, see Alien Nation Company, and Interaktionslabor) who showed a fragment of his latest work “Ukiyo” (“movable world” a short description of the networked performance can be found […]

experiments in SL

to interact with this environment in new ways or to draw parallels and connections between the virtual world and the so called real world.   two interventions were performed in SL were performed on Friday night: Alan Sondheim’s  “Mess” really tried to literally “subvert” the order of SL by inundating it […]

the silliness of network technologies

Although the initial debut of SL at Subtle Technologies was rather disappointing, a few evening performances and some personal conversations with the artists involved revealed some interesting and  interpretations of SL and the whole uncritical hype around it. Quite interesting (and silly, but for good reasons) was Jeremy Baily’s “War […]

some thoughts on Second Life

one of the main “attractions” of this years’ festival was Second Life. This 3D virtual world has been praised by many because it is unlike other virtual worlds. In other virtual worlds  the user is assigned an avatar with no possibility of modification, or  the user is interacting with a […]

Inne Poppe and “Hippies form Hell”

…and after biological networks, a conspicuous part of the festival, the link between the biological and the the informational via the spread of viruses and their distributed lives bridging human and wired networks, the first day couldn’t but end with Inne Poppe’s documentary “Hippies form Hell”.       an […]

Biological networks vs information networks

Being a more than popular and sometimes uncritical connection, part of the conference had to be dedicated to comparing and bridging the complex networks formed by the biological world and today’s communication and technology networks. I’d rather not talktoo much about my speech and rather focus on other projects. it […]

connectivity and surveillance

Given the topic “networks,” one of the topics that needed to be discussed was the role that connectivity plays in our society. Thus, it is imperative to analyze the ubiquitous presence of connectivity and  the issue of  access and inclusion, the need to explore new ways to utilize network technologies […]

June 12: ordering and…networking

One of the elements that seem to have emerged form the conference is the tension between trying to classify, measure and reduce networks to mechanical   behaviors and fixed categories in his sociological analysis of  how genetic assumptions about our nature and about our social status are accepted and/or imposed, Bill […]

FRIDAY morning: Fugue

how much does living in a big city affect our brain? this is a complex question that encompasses a variety of interconnected elements and a great deal of abstraction. Gordana Novakovic’s work has been trying to  convey such complexity in her recent work Fugue, possible thanks to an interdisciplinary team […]

Subtle Technologies Start Tomorrow (June 12-14)

The theme for the 12th Subtle Technologies Festival is “Networks”. this year’s  theme is “Networks”. think of this topic in the broadest posssible way: internet networks, collaborative networks, social networks, biological networks, network models of spread and dissemination, the network as a metaphor, the net, the grid….etc…. like last year […]