Biennial of Lyon – Part 4

10 December 2007 at 11:07 pm (Exhibition, Hypermedia, Links, Processing.org, Videos)

Collectif 1.0.3, presented in the MAC and invited by Pierre Joseph, presents Pierre Joseph’s private computer data in the piece Planiscope.

(View of the planiscope version Dominique Blais – 22 august 2005)

This work is a poetic way to present the interface between private and public sphere in the computer world. A computer is a machine that is able to store and process data. Data is a kind of extension of the information concept. I mean, pure information is the analogical values of reality. It is a conceptualization of our perception. By putting together information in logical structures produces data. So the fact to store data is a way to freeze conceptualized information of reality in a given space-time. Therefore, a computer allows you to store a part of your reality conception. And reality conception interpreted by you is reflected in the way you store and organize data. But when you organize data, you first split it in public and private data (not always in a conscient way). A computer has a neutral position with the data that is in it. Therefore, we tend to store all kind of personal data, public and private. But computer has such a big level of neutrality that it stores and presents data from anybody to anybody, with no discrimination or selection. Internet is a computer network to store and transfer data. Therefor, connecting to Internet is the same as to open a quantic portal to the data stored to all the other computers connected to this network. So we can see Internet as the sum of each reality conceptualization. And surfing in the Internet would be the same as to reorganize this data in order to build new data, so new interpretation of reality. Bloging and rebloging is a good example of what I’m trying to explain.

Another piece of Collectif 1.0.3 is Voyage en URL.com where you can download a screen saver exposing your browser historic. Exposing the way you search information and a definition and vision of reality. The way you associate data is a reflexion of how you actually build data.

Another work with an obvious issue link is Life Sharing, by 0100101110101101.org (composed by Eva and Franco Mattes), where they shared their personal computer data in an Internet site. With a point an click graphic interface, users were able to explore their computer arborescence.


Pascal Chirol‘s recent work Hyperonyme guives an visual interpretation of data arborescence, presenting it in an explicit and ponderated graphic form. Still in the same topic, Hard Flowers is an artistic software, built with Processing, that generates a visual representation of the hard disk arborescence. Not showing the actual public and private data, but using it as parameters to build flowers.

This kind of piece shows the information network built by computers and data storage devices. This brings a reflexion to the use of social networks like Facebook, Orkut or mySpace; and to sites like Flicker and Youtube, used to store photo and video data in a public place. Web 2.0 democratizes information and information access but it reveals and exposes our way to concept reality. In fact my very specific blog is in this system, I am here and now exposing my personal vision and interpretation of many art works and exposing my own thoughts and works.

To finish, I hope you like this post, and I hope you share your comments, critics and thoughts about this.

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