Ubiquitous Infoscapes at UNIDEE

Last days to join in for Ubiquitous Infoscape, our immersive workshop at UNIDEE, from  May 4th to May 8th 2015, at Città dell’Arte, in Biella, Italy.

During the workshop we will confront with the Ubiquitous Infoscape, the immersive and pervasive information landscape in which we have learned, as human beings, to use and interact with, in every manifestation of our daily lives.

You can register HERE, using this link.

Here is the abstract of the workshop:

Data and information are everywhere.

 

In our times, we constantly and ubiquitously generate data and information. The masses of data and information generated by others (people, objects, organizations and algorithms) radically transform our daily lives, the ways in which we work, relate to each other, express emotions, experience places and spaces, consume, do things together.

 

Seamlessly augmented with information, the physical landscape becomes infoscape (a landscape of information).

 

The module Ubiquitous Infoscapes combines experiential, theoretical, practice and performance based phases, each continuously flowing into the other.

 

The experiential sessions, aimed at expanding knowledge and imaginaries, will develop around case studies to unveil the many facets of the Ubiquitous Infoscape, how it radically transforms both our lives and our perception of the world, affecting public, private and intimate spaces, our rights, and our approach to knowledge-sharing, learning, expression and communication. Examples will be drawn from a wide spectrum of international practitioners, including artists, designers, hackers, architects and researchers, with a more in-depth focus on AOS and Human Ecosystems.

 

The theoretical sessions aim at broadening the understanding of the subject through discussing those issues (social, political, aesthetic, psychological, cognitive, anthropological) highlighted within the experiential sessions. We will explore the production of a number of theoreticians, researchers, writers and other influential figures, trying to discern the narrative(s) of the mutation of human beings in the age of ubiquitous information.

 

The practice and performance sessions aim at constructing a small – yet meaningful – artistic and creative production inspired by those instances discussed within the previous phases and highlighting one or more elements of the human mutation brought by the continuous emergence of Ubiquitous Infoscapes. In this phase we will create, and express ourselves, through texts, images, software, installation, movement, gestures and curious rituals.

 

Previous technical knowledge is not required. The artists will provide extensive support (even for writing small pieces of software) across all activities, ensuring active participation of all throughout all sessions. At the end of each day, an “ubiquitous ritual” will allow all participants to express themselves in meaningful ways.

These, below is the schedule for the activities of the workshop:

May 4th

 

  • morning
    • Guided tour to Cittadellarte, including the Pistoletto, Arte Povera collections and temporary exhibitions (curated by Luca Furlan)
    • Group presentations
    • Methodologies and technical set-up
  • afternoon
    • The artists present themselves and their philosophy
    • Experience Session I (examples and interactive experiences, discussion)
    • Ubiquitous Ritual I

May 5th

  • morning
    • Experience Session II (examples and interactive experiences, discussion)
    • Theoretical Session I (short readings, screenings and discussing theoretical approaches)
  • afternoon
    • Theoretical Session II (short readings, screenings and discussing theoretical approaches)
    • Practice & Performance Phase I (brainstorming to define the concept of the production, and its iterative redefinition)
    • Ubiquitous Ritual II

May 6th

  • morning
    • Theoretical Session III (short readings, screenings and discussing theoretical approaches)
    • Practice & Performance Session II (introduction to the tools we will use for the creation of the artistic production, and set-up of the projects)
  • afternoon
    • Practice & Performance Session III (project development and collaboration)
    • Ubiquitous Ritual III

May 7th

  • morning
    • Documentation (all participants work on assembling the documentation so far)
    • Practice & Performance Session IV (project development and collaboration)
  • afternoon
    • Practice & Performance Session V (project development and collaboration)
    • Ubiquitous Ritual IV

May 8th

  • morning
    • Documentation (gathering of all the materials generated in the last P&P sessions for
    • inclusion in the documentation, including video, software, images, concepts etc.)
    • Presentation
  • afternoon
    • Performance Ubiquitous Ritual with all the guests coming to the presentation

 

Here are some readings which may be helpful:

The Third Infoscape:

http://www.artisopensource.net/network/artisopensource/2013/11/20/third-infoscape-de-certeau-clement-casagrande-smart-cities/

P2P Ethnography:

http://www.artisopensource.net/network/artisopensource/2014/07/30/communication-knowledge-and-information-in-the-human-ecosystem-p2p-ethnography/

Cultures, communities, roles and emergence:

http://human-ecosystems.com/home/relations-in-the-human-ecosystems-cultures-communities-roles-and-emergence/

Transmedia Design:

http://www.artisopensource.net/network/artisopensource/2014/04/30/transmedia-design/

Anthropological Innovation: 

http://www.artisopensource.net/network/artisopensource/2013/07/28/anthropological-innovation-observing-and-understanding-the-mutation-of-human-life/

Ubiquitous Commons at Cyber Resistance, in Milan

Time again for Cyber Resistance at Il Cantiere in Milan, in April 10-11 2015.

This year we will talk about the Ubquitous Commons: how to claim back your data from online services, and decide how it should be used.

The Ubiquitous Commons is an international research effort dedicated to understanding the transformation of data, information and knowledge in the age of ubiquitous technologies.

It is creating a legal and technological toolkit which will allow people to claim back the information which they constantly and ubiquitously generate during their daily lives through social networks, online services and network-connected devices, and to decide how this data should be used.

Visit the Ubiquitous Commons website to know more about the project.

During Cyber Resistance we will present a first concept prototype of the Ubiquitous Commons, under the form of a browser plugin which allows you to encrypt your data online, and to use the BlockChain to define licenses for it.

You can learn more about the plugin at the Ubiquitous Commons website.

At Cyber Resistance we will be together with: Obaz, Les Liens InvisiblesJasmina Tešanović and her Casa Jasmina as well as the Hacking War Songs performance, Bruce Sterling reading Antonio Caronia, Verde_Giac, Vecna, Riccardo Falcinelli and Benedetto Vecchi.

“Iperconnessioni Rurali”: hyper-connectivity in rural space

Join us in Calvanico in Italy from April 12 to 14 2015 together with the Rural Hub who made this possible, for an intensive workshop in which we will learn to use social networks to create hyper-connective human dynamics and relations, to promote wide, inclusive participatory and collaborative actions in rural space.

View the program online on Rural Hub’s website.

View additional information about the workshop.

IperConnessioni Rurali, the workshop

IperConnessioni Rurali, the workshop

How can we use network theories – and all of the things we have learned from Netnography and from social networks – to create participatory and collaborative processes whose aim is to build social conscience and activism in cities and in rural areas?

We will find out by using the tools and solutions available in the Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons projects during the 3 intensive days of workshop held by Oriana Persico and Salvatore Iaconesi from Art is Open Source, and by Alex Giordano, co-director of the Centro Studi Etnografia Digitale, in the mediterranean scenario of the Rural Hub in Calvanico.

IperConnessioni Rurali

IperConnessioni Rurali

Human Ecosystems is a project which is running in multiple cities across the world (Rome, Berlin, Sao Paulo, New Haven, Montreal) to gain better understandings about the relational ecosystems of territories by harvesting opinions, emotions and relations among people in real-time: the dynamic relational architecture of communities and local cultures.

This information, published under the form of accessible Open Data, become part of an inclusive education process in which citizens of every age, designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, public administrators, artists and activists can understand how to use them to create peer-to-peer organizational models, shared decision making processes, collaborative initiatives, social conscience, new services and products, artworks and more.

The project began in cities, using the information spontaneously produced on social networks, and has also been experimented in rural areas and small towns (like Castrignano de’ Greci, in Apulia), using different modalities, Describing what has been called P2P Ethnography.

Ubiquitous Commons is the corollary and necessary complement for all of this. Created by an international network of researchers and activists, the project is designing a legal and technological toolkit which allows people and communities to decide how to use the data and information they produce every day, for example on social networks and in the scenario of the Internet of Things.

At IperConnessioni Rurali (Rural Hyper-Connections) we will work on all of these concepts, theories, data, software, visualizations, social graphs, and flows of information and knowledge in the relational ecosystem of the territory, to understand how to design and implement participatory, inclusive models in rural areas and in small country towns, creating prototypes and application examples.

An opportunity to reflect of the approaches and tools of smart rurality, as enablers of communities.

Ubiquitous Commons: governance in the age of hyper-connectivity

(this post comes from our sister project, the Ubiquitous Commons: http://www.ubiquitouscommons.org/ubiquitous-commons-article-on-nova-24-on-il-sole24ore-governing-hyperconnectivity/)

An article has appeared today on Nòva 24 on il Sole 24 Ore, explaining the major concepts regarding the Ubiquitous Commons, as well as a series of scenarios on health, science, open access, privacy and the transformation of the concept of property.

The article can be seen in the print version of the newspaper on sale today (March 1st 2015) and you can see a preview in the scans below.

A series of accompanying articles (also accessible through the augmented reality application for Nòva24) can be accessed here:

The articles are in Italian, and they will soon be translated in other languages.

Here are some preview scans below:

Stakhanov, a BigData god, predicts human futures

Stakhanov is a BigData god.

It is a reflection about the role which we, as human beings and as members of society, are attributing to data, information and algorithms.

Stakhanov installation

Stakhanov installation

Stakhanov captures public information from millions of people on social networks, and searches for patterns through it, using people’s locations, emotions, topics of interests and relations.

When it finds these patterns, it uses them to make predictions about people.

Predictions about where people will be, about their emotions in certain contexts, about at what time they will be doing which activity, about who they will relate with, or who they will be close to in space.

Stakhanov continuously harvests social networks for information and data, making connections, assumptions, correlations, using them to predict the future.
 
Line-by-line, it emits its verdicts about what will be and that which won’t.
 
Millions of people agree on the probability of a certain event? Fine, Stakhanov agrees, too, and it predicts it as a certain future.

Stakhanov prints out predictions

Stakhanov prints out predictions

 
You went running on the last three tuesdays, as documented by neat little maps published on Facebook? Well, Stakhanov predicts that you shall happily jog next tuesday, too: the gods-of-data say so.
 
This is the Word, coming from the Data-Above, in The Cloud.
 

A playful neo-religious data-invasion of privacy, false-hopes and the ingenuity in contemporary determinism.

During transmediale’s opening ceremony, Stakhanov gave a short speech which was generated by capturing all of the relations which the festival established in the past 3 years on social networks with thousands of people. The topics and emotions expressed in all of the social network conversations captured in this way were processed using natural language analysis to attempt a prediction on the possible topics for the festival’s next editions, and to express the major concerns and interests of the transmediale’s audience and reference communities.

Here is what came out:

 

Here are some images from the exhibit:

In the exhibit, a series of prints showed Stakhanov’s cosmology.

Stakhanov is a wordplay between Alexey Stakhanov, the epic russian mine worker who became famous for breaking all production records, and the Stacks, a term described by Bruce Sterling to indicate how we are not really using Internet anymore, but a series of Stacks, closed ecosystems owned by large corporations, such as Fecebook, Google, Amazon or Apple.

Thus, Stakhanov is the god using the Stacks to continuously and constantly mine people’s information, to produce the future.

We can use the images below to understand more about Stakhanov’s cosmology.

Stakhanov's cosmology 1

Stakhanov’s cosmology 1

In this image, we see how human beings live in the Socialis Continuus, in which we are ourselves, with our identities, relations, emotions.

We are influenced by Stacks, large corporations which now largely control how we access the Internet, and which also define large parts of the ways in which we relate, are fulfilled, gain access to knowledge, etc.

The Stacks use our actions to understand who we are, creating profiles which represent us, in the Stack Veritas.

Algorithms process our profiles and their relations to create other information about us, a description of reality, in the Res Algoritmica.

Stakhanov grabs all of this and searches for patterns within it, to make predictions, which might influence us.

Stakhanov Cosmology 2

Stakhanov Cosmology 2

In our daily lives we are Hacceitas, our selves, with our relations, identities, emotions, actions, thoughts, etc.

In the transition to our digital lives, some of this information is transformed: we become an Imago, a representation of ourselves.

Stacks create this Imago, the representation of ourselves in the digital domain. Thus, they are the Artifex (the artists, creating the representation of life)

Stakhanov captures the Imago of people, and searches for patterns in them, across time, locations, emotions and activities. When it finds patterns, it organises them into a Forma.

The Forma are used to create predictions, the Prophetia, which we come to know, and influence us.

Stakhanov Cosmology 3

Stakhanov Cosmology 3

Our Imago is represented in the Cloud, which is only truly accessible by the Stacks and a limited number of other, interrelated, subjects and entities, in the Caelum Internum.

Through the APIs other entities, among which is Stakhanov, are able to access the Imago of people, with many limitations and incompletenesses.

This is the Caelum Externum, in which the Imago is partially available, as the Stacks keep most part of them for themselves.

Stakhanov Cosmology 4

Stakhanov Cosmology 4

The last image, shows the Stack’s phylosopy.

In all of this Omnia Sunt Adventores, “everyone is a customer”.

Every person and entity is a customer for the Stacks, with different levels of engagement.

The Hospes, are the people who dedicate attention (Adtentio). Anyone who, for any reason, dedicates time and attention, is already a customer.

The Benevolens are the ones who share information (Informatio), such as their email, behaviour, actions.

The Cliens actually spend money ($).

The Stacks are obsessed with Clients (Clientibus Obsesses).

Here are some of the reactions to the Stakhanov exhibit at transmediale:

http://video.tagesspiegel.de/transmediale-2015-der-krieg-um-unsere-daten.html

http://lorezmag.com/transmediale-2015/

http://www.berlinartlink.com/2015/01/29/exhibition-transmediale-capture-all-disengagement-or-acceleration/

http://www.bln.fm/2015/01/transmediale-2015-die-digitale-komfortzone-als-sanftes-gefaengnis/

http://www.lastampa.it/2015/02/06/torinosette/rubriche/globalisti-a-torino/globalisti-a-torino-j5lIybcZqeGuxKypsCqSeN/pagina.html

http://www.berlin.de/kultur-und-tickets/fotos/events/3755387-1744873.gallery.html?page=3

http://breitband.deutschlandradiokultur.de/brb150131/

http://www.art-in-berlin.de/incbmeld.php?id=3471

http://www.taz.de/1/archiv/digitaz/artikel/?ressort=ku&dig=2015%2F01%2F31%2Fa0217&cHash=058fe10ed80597763dc301c1d6b73131

http://www.ka-news.de/kultur/kunst/art139,1569731

https://www.wired.de/collection/latest/transmediale-ausstellung-kunst-berlin

http://gloriabiberger.de/?p=1854

http://www.srf.ch/kultur/kunst/medienkunst-zeigt-wir-sind-komplizen-der-ueberwacher

http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/transmediale-Das-Smartphone-als-Folterknecht-der-Gedankenpolizei-2534422.html

http://lesflaneurs.de/2015/01/29/der-mensch-und-die-technik/

http://las-berlin.com/transmediale-%E8%BF%9E%E6%8E%A5%E8%89%BA%E6%9C%AF%EF%BC%8C%E6%96%87%E5%8C%96%E4%B8%8E%E7%A7%91%E6%8A%80/

http://www.dattelner-morgenpost.de/freizeit/kunst/Kunstfestival-Transmediale-zeigt-Macht-der-Algorithmen;art256,1485701