The supposedly infinite freedom of the Net is a permanent online participation, communication and live switching between real and virtual life. The resulting unspoken fear of turning away from the Network has led to increasingly loud calls for a way out. The focus panel Exit Lab discusses and provides perspectives on the ‘right to exit’, which is not only an absolute rejection but a reversal of the Net’s power structures and scaffolding.
Face to Facebook deals with questions about privacy in online contexts based on the most iconic of platforms: Facebook. Following the Facebook principle, the artists have built a dating site into which they have imported from a million user profiles, using special software, 250,000, which they then classified, by means of a specially developed facial recognition algorithm, into categories based on features and expressions.
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In our post-future era of acceleration and densification of information, the state and nature of being live and online becomes one of the crucial definers of our social presence. Response and action are compressed into an existential here and now triggering a durée of continuous digital stimulation. With RESPONSE:ABILITY transmediale.11 explored the emerging qualities of liveness as a fundamental nature of our present digital culture and discusses the abilities, that are required to respond to social, political and economic processes triggered by the intensity of our participation and interaction.
With a considerable amount of irony Ho Tzu-Nyen, one of the most renowned Singapurian filmmakers, borrows the image of Newton's apple as a metaphor for the futile challenge artists face in terms of achieving a creative inspiration (or rather, one after another) of their own accord.
Adam Hyde was for many years a digital artist exploring digital-analog hybrid broadcast systems. He founded FLOSS Manuals, the Book Sprint method, Booki/Booktype book production platforms and is now mostly engaged with exploring new methodologies for collaborative book production.
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