Ghost Writer. A new literary genre: the algorithmic autobiography. Launch at StreamingEgos

GhostWriter is a new project by Art is Open Source.

A new literary genre to explore the mutation of the narration of self: the algorithmic autobiography.

Launched for the Streaming Egos project with the Goethe Institut and with the curation of the Italian group by Marco Mancuso and Filippo Lorenzin, the overall project includes 5 countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain). The launch event will be in Düsseldorf on January 16th and 17th 2016, at the NRW-Forum. In the Italian group we have the pleasure of being with Silvio Lorusso, Alterazioni Video, IOCose.

 

Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer is the first publication of a new literary genre: the algorithmic autobiography.

We are never alone when we construct our autobiography: other people are always with us, with their presence, influences, relations, interactions, shaping not only our behaviours, but also what we remember, what we feel as relevant, important, worthwhile, and also changing the ways in which we express it, for whom, and the contracts we establish by expressing ourselves: what to show, what to hide, how to interpret it, how to give a form to it.

As human beings of our times, new subjects enter the scene. We constantly leave digital traces in our lives, whether we realize it or not, whether we want it or not. A number of subjects constantly keep track of these bits of ourselves, constructing multiple versions of narrations of our lives, each with different focuses, parameters, points of view, perspectives. These are, to all effects, biographies.

Even more, they are auto-biographies. Auto, because they are automatically collected. And Auto, because we produce and express these bits of memory ourselves, in our daily lives, through our ordinary performances, like entries in an ubiquitous diary.

If we can collect all of these bits, all these episodes, all of these digital traces in our ubiquitous diary, we can imagine to produce a novel form of autobiography. Currently, multiple algorithms do exactly this, collecting all of these bits about ourselves, classifying them, organizing them by time, topic, emotion, behaviour, patterns, types, focuses and more.

These algorithms are the Ghost Writers of our Autobiographies.

Thus comes GhostWriter, a new literary genre: the algorithmic autobiography.

GhostWriter

GhostWriter

More information about Ghost Writer will be coming soon, right after the opening of the exhibit.

In the meantime, here are the short articles which we published on the Streaming Egos Blog:

HE and UC at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon 20-22 October

ICT2015 – Innovate, Connect, Transform  is the largest event organized by the EU Commission in 2015 to foster research and innovation at European level, show the best results achieved through financed projects, inform about upcoming call, facilitate the emergence of new networks.

The StARTS program – Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology and the Arts, realized for the occasion an exhibit showcasing a selection of different projects from allover Europe: Italy was represented by Ubiquitous Commons and Human Ecosystems, in particular the ongoing HUB – Human Ecosystems Bologna project.

The program “attempts to bring the creative power of the Arts to bear on innovation in Europe by including artists in European Commission funded research“, as explains Ralph Dum (European Commission) in a recent article.

From our experience, StARTS created an unexpected short circuit of languages in the standard setting of EU events, showing how research can become performance, data the access to perceive new possible realities, and more. A place in which was a pleasure to live and interact for three days.

Below some pictures from the exhibit.

Special thanks to Luis Girao, Irene Ingardi and the whole crew of StARTS for making it possible.

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit - ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons at StARTS exhibit – ICT2015, Lisbon, 20-22 October

Human Ecosystems at Expo Aquae, in Venice

Human Ecosystems at Expo Aquae in Venice, August 1st 2015, at 11am.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0yroTq4Jd0]

Full information about the event is on Human Ecosystems.

How do we speak about water?

How do we relate? What are our fears, concerns, important issues, joys and anxieties about water?

We have captured 3 months of public social networking conversations about water, and analysed them: a full linguistic, emotional, geographical, relational and network analysis has been performed on them, using Human Ecosystems technologies.

More than 700 thousand conversations, involving more than 150 thousand users speaking Italian or being in the Italian territory.

From people going to the beach, to concerns about pollution, draughts, the extreme heath and other expressions, among surprise, joy, happiness, and anxiety, fear, expectation.

All of the data will be published as an Open Data dataset, to be used by citizens, researchers and organizations to understand our expressions about water and the ways in which we collaborate, are different, are united or divided, and how emotions, opinions, information and knowledge spread across human relations in the digital sphere.

Join us in Venice on August 1st for the presentation.

Human Ecosystems , Water, in Venice

Human Ecosystems , Water, in Venice

This initiative is organized and supported by:

http://only-italia.it/

http://www.diculther.eu/

http://www.baicr.it/

http://www.4changing.it/

http://www.insor.eu/

Download the official Press Release (Italian)

AOS and Human Ecosystems at Media Arts Festival, with Fondazione Mondo Digitale

Join us in Rome, from Feb. 25th to March 1st for the Media Arts Festival, organized by Fondazione Mondo Digitale. We will talk about creativity, education, the possible future of the arts, and we will hold a workshop on the Human Ecosystems.

Art is Open Source will be present with:

The festival is organized by Fondazione Mondo Digitale, with the following

President
Scientific Committee
Artistic Director
Media Art Festival in Rome

Media Art Festival in Rome

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