Stakhanov: the BigData Oracle for a new era

From Wikipedia:

“In Classical Antiquity, an oracle was a person or agency considered to interface wise counsel or prophetic predictions or precognition of the future, inspired by the gods.
The word oracle comes from the Latin verb ōrāre “to speak” and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction. In extended use, oracle may also refer to the site of the oracle, and to the oracular utterances themselves, called khrēsmoi (χρησμοί) in Greek.
Oracles were thought to be portals through which the gods spoke directly to people.”
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Stakhanov: our new religion?

Stakhanov is the BigData Oracle of the new era.
In the era of Data, Information and Knowledge, Stakhanov is the expression of our new global data-religion.
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.
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.
Join us at the transmediale festival in Berlin from Jan. 28th to Feb. 1st, in Berlin, at the HKW to experience Stakhanov and a workshop on the Ubiquitous Commons, exploring the opportunities and dangers coming from the wide availability of ubiquitous data coming from our lives, relations, bodies and activities, and he ways in which we can turn this scenario to our advantage, as individuals and as a society.
Read more on the transmediale website:


NOTE: More detailed explanations about the concept, process and working details (including source code and data-sets) for Stakhanov will be published on Art is Open Source during the festival.

Generativity: Fluffy Chaos

Fluffy Chaos is the first book of the Generativity series.


It explores the spaces of generative visuals. Spaces in which the laws of nature become entangled with programming code to describe possible scenarios.

The books of the series showcase the images and the code used to produce them. (here is the code used for Fluffy Chaos)

The code can be executed using the Processing language (

AOS at NextFest in Milan

AOS will be at NextFest in Milan on Saturday June 1st 2013 to speak about La Cura, the Open Source Cure for Cancer, Hacking culture and the opportunities to reclaim our rights and human perspectives in our contemporary times.

Here’s the title and abstract of the talk:

Medicine, Hacking, Re-appropriation, Revolution

A brain cancer becomes the opportunity to try the impossible: to find an Open Source cure for Cancer. And, in the meantime, to understand the many ways in which our human societies have changed and have become ready to perform an enormous qualitative leap: an interconnected, global, relational, peer-to-peer humanity, aware and willing to reclaim and re-appropriate our identities and our ecosystemic vision of the world.



Salvatore Iaconesi at NextFest

Salvatore Iaconesi at NextFest

Accelerator, proposal for COLLIDE@CERN

Sometime ago we submitted our Accelerator project to Collide@CERN

This is the presentation video:

This is the project description:

Acceleratorestablishes a poetic, emergent parallel between the particle accelerator and the transformation of human communities around the globe due to the progress of sciences, technologies and of the planetary conversations which are triggered from them.

In the Age of Information, human beings experience flows of recombinant information in which “official” sources and peer-conversations interweave in the emergent creation of knowledge and awareness: languages form, relationships fall into place, words become commonplace. Conversations produce knowledge, in a planetary process which radically changes how people learn, work, relate, express, consume.

While fundamental science researches on how matter, space and time work, people’s visions, imaginaries and languages transform, expanding cultures and sense of possibility.

While particles are observed in accelerators their effects escape research labs, accelerating the transformation of people’s perception of their Universe.

People become particles in a planetary accelerator, receiving stimuli and signals (information about the results of fundamental science), moving (thinking and communicating), colliding (discussing) and transforming into other entities (transforming cultures, forms of awareness and visions for their future).

Accelerator is about this process.

A real-time info-aesthetic visualization in which a timeline of the news of the “things” which happen at CERN is compared to the emergence of words, conversations, debates, jokes, images and videos on social networks, all over the planet, across languages and cultures.

A “Human Accelerator” of the Information Age, a landmark accessible from the web and smartphones, and through a large-scale visualization to be placed at CERN, Ars Electronica and selected locations across the planet, to create planetary awareness about the transformation of human beings – and of their languages, visions, desires and perspectives – towards a new perception of possibility.

Accelerator @ Collide

Accelerator @ Collide

Microcucina with the Fooders at Streamfest 2011

are you hungry?

Food is at the center of our lives and it is a very powerful thing: when we talk about food we talk about ecology, nature, environment, global economies, pollution, energy, health, love, family, sex, tradition, innovation. Many people also talk about art when they talk about food, and often they use the power of food – the possibility to talk about so many fundamental topics in such an accessible (and yummy and desirable) way – to create rich experiences with both aesthetics and a critical view on the world.



We joined our friends the Fooders with the desire to use together the power of food and to create a contemporary narrative with it.

Last year the fooders produced the first Microcucina (Micro kitchen), a minimal, 1×1 meter kitchen that was also a microfestival dealing with artists who work with food.

Each element of the kitchen was a story or an artwork, and you had plenty of objects to play around with, creating a rich beautiful experience, hosted in the kitchen, a typical spot of the house where stories emerge while chatting about.

This year we joined the Fooders to go one step further.

At the Stream Fest 2011 we will produce together the second version of Microcucina, using augmented reality and cross media publishing techniques to create an augmented space in which digital experiences will form out of thin air, narrating stories of food, art, design and planetary awareness.

This is a next-step publishing project by FakePress Publishing, and it will use the MACME and NeoReality software tools, which you can find at the following links:



also: check back often here on AOS, as both tools will be upgraded in wonderful ways, leveraging the additions we made to create this augmented publication together with the Fooders.