Refunct Media Presentation
This performative event presents ReFunct Media #5, a multimedia installation that (re)uses numerous "obsolete" electronic devices (digital and analog media players and receivers). The devices are hacked, misused and combined into a large and complex chain of elements. To make an ecological analogy, they "interact" in different symbiotic relationships like mutualism, parasitism and commensalism.
The development of the ReFunct Media #5 installation for transmediale 2013 started in August 2012 by hacking a very iconic device: the French Minitel, a Videotex online service accessible through the telephone lines. During the summer workshop, participants became familiar with basic hardware hacking and circuit bending, working with a just-proclaimed-dead device, as the network has been closed for good.