The Mirror and The Source @ Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series


AOS in Detroit

AOS in Detroit

AOS will be in Ann Arbor (Detroit) on October 17, 2013, for the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series at the Michigan Theater with “The Mirror and the Source“, a talk/performance exploring the transformation of human beings, and the new rituals, emotions, new intimacies and public spaces of our augmented lives in the digital era.

“The Mirror and the Source” will be an exploration of contemporary life with Art is Open Source, an international network of artists, researchers, technologists, architects, designers and activists interweaving disciplines and practices to understand the current mutation of human societies through the wide availability and accessibility of ubiquitous technologies.

A visual, sonic journey through the new rituals and emergent ways in which we have radically changed the ways in which we work, relate, consume, feel emotions, have sex and entertain ourselves.

The first Open Source Cure for Cancer, the real-time digital life of cities, the story of a baby artificial intelligence called Angel_F going to the United Nations to defend its digital rights, a very dangerous videogame, human tamagotchis and a fictional company using a very naughty business model will be among the many performances, artworks and researches which we will encounter along the journey.

Come and meet us here:

Art is Open Source and the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series
“The Mirror and the Source”
Thursday October 17th 2013
at 5:10pm at the historic Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor,
(free of charge and open to the public)

more info:

Angel_F at Transmediale Festival in Berlin

An update after quite a while about our little digital child Angel_F

When we were at Transmediale, Angel_F and its dad, Derrick de Kerckhove, introduced the Opening Ceremony of the Transmediale Festival with a lovely dialogue.

While at the festival, Angel_F went around on its baby pram playing a little joke on people: the webcam mounted on its monitor constantly used computer vision techniques to capture the faces of everyone who happen to play with the kid for a bit.

Angel_F at Transmediale

Angel_F at Transmediale

All captured faces were then used on a face recognition algorithm to actively search for the people Angel_F had met in Berlin. Whenever that happened, the delighted digital kid sent them a message like “Hello! We’ve met in Berlin, would you like to be my friend?”.

Scary and invasive as it might sound, people were more than delighted to offer their friendship to the digital kid and around 20% of the captured faces were identified on Facebook alone.

This has also proved to be a wonderful opportunity to, once again, explore how digital networks and technologies are deeply affecting our ideas of public and private spaces, of privacy and of intellectual property. People reached in this terribly invasive way were more than eager to thoroughly discuss these themes.

During the event Jodi Rose was so nice to host an instance of her Tea parties at Transmediale’s OpenZone.

Here below some reports of it all! :)

Angel_F on Booki

FakePress on Traces

ANgel_F on Artist Talks




Angel F with parents Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico from ArtistTalk on Vimeo.





Angel_F and Derrick de Kerckhove @ Più Libri Più Liberi in Rome

Thanks to Marina Bellini (info about what Marina does are  here and here) we have been invited to bring our little Angel_F to an interesting dialogue with Derrick de Kerckhove, about the new scenarios offered by networks, technologies and new forms of publishing, and the possibilities to reinvent reality.

xDxD, penelope.di.pixel and Derrick de Kerckhove at the Digital Cafè

xDxD, penelope.di.pixel and Derrick de Kerckhove at the Digital Cafè

Here is a short video (sorry, it’s in Italian) of a part of the dialogue that Angel_F and Derrick de Kerckhove held at the Più Libri Più Liberi book fair in Rome, at the Digital Cafè.

Angel_F at the Digital Cafè

Angel_F at the Digital Cafè

This specific part of Angel_F’s discussion is about the strategies of power.

click here to know more about Angel_F

click here to know more about the Più Libri più Liberi book fair

here is an article with pictures and more info about the event

AOS and FakePress @ PubliCamp 2010

we will be at the third edition of the PubliCamp in Bari, Italy on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd December 2010.

Public Camp 2010 – spot #1 from FF3300 on Vimeo.

We will discuss the scenarios for communication and publishing with FakePress and we will bring with us little Angel_F , as an example of a new vision on identity, privacy, public spaces and innovation.

The program of the PubliCamp 2010 is impressive.

You can download it here if you want

here is some info about who will be there

be there if you can!

new site for Angel_F and a free minimal WordPress theme

angel_F new website

angel_F new website

We just released a new website for our little Angel_F, so that you’ll all be able to check out the updates as well as the little AI kid’s stream of thoughts.

The website uses a minimal WordPress theme which we created. It is released under a GPL2 license, so you can download it here if you want to use or modify it.

It has 4 columns that you can configure using the Theme options on your WordPress dashboard: the first 3 can be assigned to three post categories, the fourth one is for the sidebar or, if you don’t have any widgets configured on it, it shows your blogroll and links.

The footer hosts nicely laid out boxes into which you can write anything you like. Modify the “footer.php” file to configure its contents. We provided small boxes (so that 6 of them can line up in the footer) and a wide one, which we’re currently using to describe the licensing of the content.

Make sure to configure the options, otherwise the plugin will be blank.

Download the Angel_F WordPress Theme