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digital cartographers, narrative realization. image workers & pixel [re]searchers. emographers. memetic mappers. space cadets. polytopians.
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    i remember an early example of AUREC - aura recognition (formerly referred to as augmented reality). it was called Add-Art - a firefox plugin (remember that?) that blocked all the adds on websites and replaced them with curated art, it changed every two weeks. i remember not seeing ads for years - the art worked is magic in its immersive native environment - it probably affected me more subconsciously than consciously. we saw in it possibility of freedom and control over our own experience of C(_)yberspace, unmediated by a purely economic interest.

    the big brands gave up on billboards and benevolently handed dominion over Default to the old school street artists and the smaller brands, while passing out contacts locked to branded layers to the people that couldn't afford the technology, with the money they saved on printing and renting billboard space. Why pay rent on a billboard when you could just as easily create a layer of reality, offer some value and watch the population grow, right?

    the fragile consensus reality, as predicted, did fracture, fractallize, into a multitude of collective realities. we didn't move quick enough. maybe we couldn't have moved quickly enough. the Brands did - creating unique layers of reality and incentivicing habitation - sweepstakes, gifts, contexts, services, affiliate systems, hard to turn those down - a huge fucking pyramid scheme, completely unregulated. fucking addictive. The more time you spend dialed into one reality, the more value you get in return. or so they make you think. some are walled gardens. some are exclusive and private - like those members only clubs in the airport, only for the big spenders - or the influential. not to say they aren't all bad - at the beginning there was some real creativity. But basically the message was, don't inhabit your own reality, inhabit ours. fucking tricked into thinking that you're active but its passivity all over again, bullshit Pavlovian model of freedom of action -a complete fucking unconscious subversion of the subjective experience. the population numbers of top layers are just as closely watched as the stock market. the most common of these layers follow the exact same model as in 2010 - providing a service to its inhabitants and offering them value in return, while auctioning your data and attention of to the highest bidder.

    I am a psychoterrorist, shifting the phase of the layers - blending, compositing - planting triggers - creating entrances and exits into alternative layers. This is my art. Triggers act as a virus encountering a host - a simple access command interaction with an every day object, and perception of the current layer is imperceptibly, or perceptibly, shifted. Sometimes we want to create a juxtaposition of layers, simply that. my colleagues, some are drawn to a simple addition of metadata to an everyday object - some do the same as the early street artists but paint with code. Some are satisfied with a simple prank, some with a statement, a simple but basic change to the virtual scenery, but the layer is quickly debugged. The more subtle the trigger, the better - users may not be even aware of the change at first. but the act of subverting one user's view of a collective reality within the context of networked vision and the collective view starts to get buggy as vision systems try to resolve the error. like a virus - the bug propagates itself as more views clash and collective networked vision deteriorates until the virus renders the host incapacitated. Then someone somewhere decides its time for a full system reload, but only at the worst case - the layer is not likely to gain back the population it had before after an attack.



    The breaking apart of a collective reality gets messy, sometimes. psychoterrorism is a considered a serious offence. the government has opened up state mental institutions again, more every day, research laboratories, case studies, experimental test facilities, to deal with the newest in brain diseases and conditions that come more as a consequence of schizophrenic branded realities than the actions of psychoterrorists (not to say there weren't some mistakes).

    I live in collage, dial in, drift out through networked visions, inhabit several layers and identities at once. my reality exists within the shifting perception and interaction with the multiple layers of metadata, simultaneously creating the hypersynapses between. with each migration, we grow stronger. this is the biggest banyan tree i've ever seen.

    there are still many who live in Default. but the barrier between the two, a line drawn in drifting sands. this membrane is permeable at its most solid. what i'm most afraid of is the bliss of ignorance.

    Am I the psychoterrorist? or are they?






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    *images by Ishan of NotThisBody
    *part I of a yet unnamed series of posts
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    INTERACTING ARTS is one or all of the following: a group of cross-disciplinary
    artists, media critics, an activist network, a conspiracy, a brand,
    a think-tank and a magazine which is circulated both on the web and in
    print. We aim to inspire and activate people into becoming our fellow
    creators of fully lived and experienced lives. Our theories are nothing
    other than the theories of our real life and of the possibilities experienced
    or perceived in it. We strive to coordinate our refusal of existential poverty
    through affirmation of creativity, co-operation, solidarity, play and
    our blistering desire for freedom.


    Two issues of the Interacting Arts magazine. Find them also here: IA05, IA06

    EDIT: seems like only the first 5 pages are showing up, so either visit the scribd links or the links above for the full versions

    Ia International 05 A

    During a live role-play we construct a new reality together. As children
    of a post-modern paradigm we have been taught that “everyone experiences
    the world in a different way” and that “no way of looking at the
    world is less valuable than any other”. Ergo, if we create a reality, it has
    the same value as the “real” reality. The only difference is that we have
    the power over our collectively created reality. We can disappear – live
    beyond sheepish politicians, invasive corporations, a troubled past, a fatassed
    patriarchy and a state monopoly of violence. Together we write
    new social protocols, find an aesthetic, develop a rhythm of life and allow
    our bodies to become tools for new, interesting ways to interact.


    MIDDLE GROUND
    Of course it must be possible to find tools for interaction between collective realities and consensus reality. Why not be satisfied with temporary zones? Perhaps this is what we should do, and what we, in a way, are doing. That means we can pause a while, rethink, and start fresh. Another path is to make collective re-interpretations of consensus reality in order to break free from its constraints.



    Ia International 06

    There is nothing to stop us from forming many alternative bubbles which
    can cooperate within federative structures. They can communicate and
    trade in some fitting manner. Perhaps through potlatch, after all. Imagine
    being a vagabond of realities – what if a biking trip between Stockholm
    and the suburb Södertälje could offer as diverse cultural shifts as between
    Wall Street and Mecca? Imagine a network of people and groups with
    a common approach – the creation of new worlds.


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