Posted by: don´t panic | May 6, 2011

IPAC art talk, May 4th, 2011: Zeus meets Zuse …

Virtualization is not only a trend; it is a way the world is about to work. 

Just to use e-mail and not being in Facebook, twitter or YouTube might be an option, but being without a mobile phone might not be so easy, especially if one wants to stay in touch with others. Art has to be in touch and one has to use all ways and all media offered, at least when art will and must reflect the changes the world is about to go through, along with moving ahead on the frontiers of society.

IPAC invited two artists being on the frontier of the 3-dimensional internet. Reiner Schneeberger experienced for long in this field coming from Germany and the other one Liliana Papadopoulou, keen to learn, explore and use new media in her own ways. Liliana is from Paros. 

Reiner started the talk by inviting the audience into a travel back in time -25 years ago- showing a picture of a traditional phone of the late 70th to remember all on these times. Then he showed an empty tiny bag asking what could be in there in 25 years as we are now in 1985? As Reiner has been introduced by Peter as a genius he continued in his humorous ways: “Would you still think that I am a genius or just say that I am mad If I would say that in this little tiny case there will be my phone in 25 years and not only will this be a phone, but there will be a screen in as well, so I can watch TV, buy a ticket for my flight from Athens to Berlin via the so called “Internet” and will be able to check how the weather is now in Berlin?”

Then Reiner took an i-Phone out of this jacket and slipped it in the tiny bag,  showing that even there one can find the the 3-dimensional internet on the tiny screen of the Apple-i-Phone running. Then, by using a Kellogs box of cornflakes,  on which there was a square field of black and white coded dots, he made his new flash by telling the audience,  that this will be the way one will get information in the future, so the invitation card that was handed out to every visitor of the IPAC art appreciation night,  came into focus.

This invitation card shows a red footprint in the middle and dot-codes like the one of the Kellog box around. The code, called QR-Code -for Quick-Response-. That code allows you to open a webpage with one click, just by using a mobile phone with an inbuilt camera. Therefore, to type in a web address in the tiny browser of a mobile phone, is no longer needed. Reiner uses this code for sending messages of his digital artwork out to the spectator and that could be seen in an art calendar he made together with Liliana and other friends. The calender was for a german internet company, called Space Net. All needed is just to hold his mobile phone, which has to be a modern one -a so called smartphone-  in front of the artwork and as we say, you “get connected” (means a website shows more about …).

As Reiner got the attention of the audience,  he went on about the time travel from past to present, from present  to the future and backwards, showing that Zeus the mighty God of ancient times and Zuse, the inventor of the computer, have so much in common, that both might even match in time.

There is a message: we are all prims in an universal computer and we will create worlds on our own. As a key inspiration for the theme of this IPAC talk “Zeus meets Zuse, Zuse meets Zeus”,  Reiner reflected the work of Rainer Werner Fassbinder “World on a Wire” (Welt am Draht),  produced in 1973 and remastered for the Berlinale in 2010. Its based on the novell Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye of 1964. World on a Wire got several awards for an outstanding piece of art in 2010, was shown on a world trip in 2010 and is now part of the collection of the MOMA New York.

As Reiner did show nearly no artworks of his own so far, the audience was keen on seeing what this world is that Reiner was talking about. Avatars, Prims and Identity-Units moving in a 3-dimensional world around and producing art. This part was Liliana´s side to fill. She started with a personal statement to show how she was attracted to this world. The text is online to read there …. Then she presented about 40 artworks she had selected for this presentation.

Pictures of nature in a virtual world impressed most of the participants, even the works she made for the European Passages last year came to a new glance as some of her messages about the tension and future of the European Union seemed that that have happened already. The audience was delighted and interested to comment and to reflect on her artwork, especially on her new work series “Diaries of 2050”, so time passed by easily.

As a last impression Reiner presented a video that is in YouTube to show, on one of the worlds he and Liliana is working on. A place where everybody can set their artworks in, visit, discuss and explore it by using an avatar and also let them rest for the next, as Reiner says, 1000 years as this world can be used online and offline, considering it will be disconnected from the current changes of technology. But this will be a different story. 

Just keep in touch to IPAC. In September there will be a seminar on Paros: “How to take part in the 3-dimensional internet as a creator, a maker, an artist”.

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