CoS, Consciousness of Streams, after Transmediale.11

Just back from transmediale festival in Berlin we present you with the first results of the CoS, Consciousness of Streams project.

CoS, Consciousness of Streams

CoS, Consciousness of Streams

CoS, Consciousness of Streams has been an incredible experience!

CoS is a cross media publication by FakePress creating a realtime, emergent, multiauthor emotional map of the world by using ubiquitous technologies and natural interfaces.

Created by FakePress and Art is Open Source for the 2011 edition of the Transmediale festival in Berlin, CoS will be FakePress’ next publication.

With numbers such as 35000 active authors, 230000 emotions, 4 source continents and more than 300 urban locations, CoS is a massive project! It is probably one of the most widespread publications made by a publishing house, and the experience is not over, with people from all over the world being able to continue adding to the book by using the ubiquitous interfaces which we have provided on the web, smartphones and dedicated kiosks called Disseminated Nodes.

As all publications by FakePress, CoS is an experiment in creating new forms of “books”, whose main characteristic is to be platforms for the expression of multiple authors (potentially every human being can be a CoS author). Each book is released together with the software/hardware platform used to create it, licensed under GPL3 schemes.

During transmediale, the CoS platform and the concepts behind its design, have been analyzed together with the visitors of the festival: 6 workshops totalling more than 24 hours of education and knowledge sharing processes have been presented to various groups of festival visitors.

From this activity, more than 6 projects will directly spawn from the CoS platform.

here is a short video from the CoS Headquarter in transmediale, taken on the last day of the festival:

To visit CoS go to :

to visit FakePress:

to visit transmediale:

CoS – Consciousness of Streams

CoS, Consciousness of Streams

CoS, Consciousness of Streams

CoS, Consciousness of Streams is about to start!

We’ll be at transmediale in just a few hours, setting up all the components of CoS, which will be a performance, a series of workshops, an invasive into our streamed lives, and an evolving emotional map of the world.

Read here for information about CoS.

In the meanwhile the first elements of CoS are starting to appear:

CoS website

and the CoS Disseminated Nodes

feel free to start using the nodes’ interface to contribute to CoS: whatever you contribute will show up at the CoS HQ  in Transmediale and in all related media.

CoS, Consciousness of Streams, emotional maps

CoS, Consciousness of Streams, emotional maps

Here an emotional map will progressively form as people participate to CoS.

The mobile tools for CoS will be published shortly, so that you will all be able to participate from everywhere.

Watch out for changes during the days of Transmediale: new parts of CoS will be added progressively each day.

CoS, Consciousness of Streams

CoS Consciousness of Streams

CoS Consciousness of Streams

In just a few days we will be at transmediale in Berlin, to create CoS: Consciousness of Streams!

CoS will be something that we’re calling a cognitive virus on the festival, as it will be a cross-medial, emergent, performative, multi-author publication created by processing the festival itself: what goes on, how people move and feel, what people do at workshops, their ideas, connections and expressions.

The definition of CoS went through various stages and we defined it the way you will see it at transmediale by transforming  the initial proposal to harmonize it with the rest of the event, to what will be going on in the other spaces and, last but not least, with budget constraints :)

For download (PDF): CoS Consciousness of Streams Proposal, first version

The second version of the proposal describes what you will actually find at transmediale:

For download (PDF): CoS Consciousness of Streams Proposal, second version

For download (PDF): CoS Consciousness of Streams Proposal, notes to the slides of the second version

From the concept:

“Far from the image of Rodin’s Thinker, the contemporary world definitely abandons the idea of an isolated human, forming thought, ideas, concepts and shapes by isolation, contemplation. “Cogito, ergo sum”, yes, but thinking becomes a very different practice in respect to what had been envisioned by Descartes, transforming the ideas of contemplation, attention, conception, cognition : influencing and open-sourcing them to a series of additional channels and challenges which are enabled by the extension of our bodies and sensory systems through digital technologies.
Multiple sources, different timescales, contemporaneous, asynchronous, overlapping sources, interleaved attention spans that leave linearity behind in favor of networkedness; unconscious becomes predominant; an informant sound forms from the mutual suggestions that all information samples provide along a polyphonic multidirectional timeline in which interference, difference and noise are possibly the most important things to take into account.
Harmony/linearity leaves the stage, enters noise/nonlinearity, deconstruction, emergency and ubiquitousness. Multiple realities overlap, possibly denying each other and forming a neo-reality, that is browsable, filterable, mixable, mash-up-able, sharable, confrontable, storable, morphable, synthesizable, aggregatable.
Cognitive spaces form around fake, unverifiable, temporary bits of information whizzing by, at incredible speeds, clustering and disassembling along complex emergent patterns: multiple, anonymous, collective.
Connect the dots: each emerging shape is different and unrelated, yet it is the explicit expression of the same voices involved.
Time disappears replaced by immaterial places for our traversal: immediatcy; near-past; short time-spans; multiple time scanning; global timezones; recurring times; loops; feedbacks.”

CoS observes the novel condition of networked humanity, definitively suspended in a condition of continuous-present and delegating the ideas and perceptions of past and future to external mechanisms and devices.

CoS Consciousness of Streams - general architecture

CoS Consciousness of Streams - general architecture

The main idea of CoS is to create an additional, interpretative, layer of reality, to stratify it on top of the festival and to provide collaborative access to it to everyone (present, remote, connected… ), thus multiplying the voices and expressions defining the many versions of reality which we all experience.

From the concept:

“The immersion in the global stream of consciousness forming the current cognitive scape can be seen as an emersion. Dive right through media and emerge from the other side, in a reality that completely changes.
COS, Consciousness of Streams, is a complex yet natural initiative imagining the explosion of our human condition into an observable form.
COS is an environment, a series of networked workshops, a performative practice, an observation/representation methodology, and a second order cybernetic system resulting in an open-ended, on-going, multi-author, emergent, ubiquitous publication.
COS aims at disarticulating the practices of human beings and reassembling them from vantage points for expression and investigation: Identity, Time, Emotion, Place.
Each vantage point is a multidirectional observer: COS uses interfaces and interactions to observe individuals who, in turn, observe COS to form their physical and emotional state.
COS produces and analyzes streams: as a series of matrioskas, the environment is embedded into its container, and into the physical, digital and hybrid realities. The vantage points can be used to explore any level of this containment/intersectional hierarchy and, in turn, are affected by the whole system and by its
individual components.
COS, Consciousness of Streams, hosts the streams of consciousness of the people traversing it or attending its workshops as well as the ones of the global population of the social networks: in, out, in-between, in time, space, relations, difference.
COS is formed by poles focused on the vantage points and implementing interactions that guide individuals through a unique experience through a disassembled reality.
COS gathers all these experiences, and the ones of the people online and transforms them into information, expressing them through practice (the workshops), representation (the cross-medial environment) and performance (the collaborative/performative parts of the workshops).
COS expresses and then observes itself: the technological system embedded in various ways along the whole of COS aim at creating an ongoing experience.
A CMS (Content Management System) uses COS to produce an innovative form of publication, whose process does not end with the event: an open-ended, ubiquitous, multi-author, emergent, augmented reality, cross-medial publication that can be printed, interacted with, used through a location based system and by an augmented reality system: layered over the world and its stratified reality, in a continuous stream.”

CoS is a performative artwork that assumes the form of an interactive framework. The performance will be on-going, meaning that it will still be accessible after the festival, transforming it into a real, open, usable environment.

The technology used and created for CoS will also be accessible, under the forms of OpenSource APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) available to create additional functionalities for CoS, and as the framework itself, released under a GPL3 license right after the festival.

Everything happening at CoS will be part of the project/performance: the workshops, interactions, connections, expressions. Everything that people, present or remote, will decide to share will be included in the publication/environment, thus opening up the space and making it accessible, usable and reinventable.

Hope to see you all at transmediale for CoS, Consciousness of Streams.

Learn more about CoS, Consciousness of Streams at these links:

CoS Consciousness of Streams at Transmediale, including Workshops and installation information

we are participating to a number of conferences at transmediale: program found here