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IMPAKT ONLINE

COUCH.CLUB

28 October 2004
16:00 — 18:00


Location: Theater Kikker
Small Hall, free entrance

lMPAKT Online is the annual internetproject in which six internet art projects with a common theme are launched on www.impaktonline.nl. This year’s theme is ‘Translation’. The presented works will explore the process and the result of translation in various ways. The first two projects, Superconsumers by Franz Alken and OOZ by The Bureau of lnverse Technology will be presented in IMPAKT Online couch.club. Special guest in this couch.club will be Joanna Griffin. Joanna Griffin will present a preview on her new project in which she examines the extent to which the two invisible networks of the lnternet and satellite networks interconnect. Her main focus is on the poli­tics of access and restriction inherent in both networks.

 

With: Franz Alken, Natalie Jeremijenko (Bureau of lnverse Technology) and Joanna Griffin.

Couch.master: Ann-Sophie Lehmann (art historian and professor -researcher at Utrecht University)

 

ABOUT THE WORKS

SUPERCONSUMERS FRANZ ALKEN

What happens when a computer programme starts buying and selling stuff on lnternet auctions like ebay autonomously? That is the key question of the Superconsumers project. The programme, s0-called the ‘Bot’ has a special preference for objects that fit within a specific consumer’s role, just like the spending pattern of a housewife differs from that of a single yuppie. The stuff the Bot has bought are exhibited for a short time. Thus digital values are translated into tangible goods. And vice versa, since the Bot sells them again after a while to buy new ones. In this way, commonplace products are temporarily translated into works of art.

 

OOZ -  THE BUREAU OF INVERSE TECHNOLOGY

On a previous lMPAKT Event, the Bureau of lnverse Technology has already given a stimulating foretaste of this project. OOZ is a zoo that has been inverted and stripped of its cage. OOZ has been developed to analyse and chart the interactions between human beings and non-human beings. This is realised using a robot goose that gives people the chance to mingle with real geese and communicate with them. The robot goose is equipped with a video camera for recording the interactions. These recordings are then uploaded to a website where users of the goose can describe their interactions. The result is a rich database of behaviouristic and communicative information.

 

OOZ FIELD TRIPS

Opening Hours 
Friday 29 to Sunday 31 October, 14:00-16:00

Location
Departure from the festival desk at Kikker

Apart from the presentations during the couch.club, there are also daily DOZ excursions. Participants can navigate the robot goose themselves and try to interact with real geese.


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