Human Ecosystems in Sao Paulo: the Real Time Museum of the City and Ubiquitous Commons

This article appeared on http://human-ecosystems.com/home/human-ecosystems-in-sao-paulo-the-real-time-museum-of-the-city/

Human Ecosystems is coming to Sao Paulo, at SESC Vila Mariana, from September 23rd to 28th 2014.

From September 23rd to 28th, as a parallel program of the International Meeting on Culture and New Technologies, the SESC Vila Mariana will hosts the Human Ecosystems project, by the Italian artists Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico (Art is Open Source).

Human Ecosystems is a global project which captures the real-time public conversations happening on major social networks in cities, to analyse them, to create real-time interactive visualisations, and transform them into a source of open data. “This is a crucial point”, states Iaconesi currently in Yale as a World Fellow 2014

“Social networks are our new Public Spaces: citizens are the only ones who do not have access to all this information. In Human Ecosystems we transform this information into a new digital commons, accessible by everyone”.

The event marks the launch of the project in Brazil, in partnership with the Metodista University of Sao Paulo, under the leadership of Dr. Fabio Josgrilberg and his research group, according to which

“It is an innovative and provocative project. Working with Salvatore and Oriana will stimulate research, as well as opportunities for collaboration with civil society”.

In Vila Mariana the Relational Ecosystem of the City will become a work of art in the “Real Time Museum of the City“.

Situated in the beautiful Atrium, visitors will be immersed in the real-time city, exploring the emotions,desires and issues discussed by citizens, understanding the flows of information and knowledge, and how people constantly form networks, and human constellations.

“It directly engages people’s perception and imagination”, points out Persico.

“When confronted with visualizations, people are surprised to discover that they are close or distant from each other, how people and organizations in the city are connected or distant, and more.
A new set of opportunities immediately becomes possible: to identify communities with similar, dissonant or complementary perspectives; people who are discussing issues of common interest; establishing contacts and forming new relationships. You can even start asking questions to the city: where do people go to have fun? Where do they talk about football, ecology, or punk music? Which roles do they assume in their communities? Possibilities for research and to gain a better understanding of the city’s social dynamics are endless”.

Together with the installation, a two day open workshop completes the experience.

Participants will learn how to use the Human Ecosystems platform to extract and visualize data, and use it to create new scenarios for the city of San Paulo: for culture, business, knowledge, policy making, participation, freedom.

According to Bruno Rondani, chair and founder of Wenovate,

“the exhibit, together with the workshop, will allow people to interact with data in a human and artistic perspective. This possibility itself is a great source of new other possibilities. We are very interested in the potential of the Human Ecosystems project to become a source, and even a tool, for people to develop projects and ideas related to the concept of innovative cities.”

Human Ecosystems is a global initiative. It has already started in Rome, Toronto, Montreal, Detroit, Istanbul, Cairo, and it is being used as a tool for planning, cultural policies, art, civic engagement.

In 2013 Human Ecosystems has been awarded the “Consequential Outcomes” Grant of the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowships.

Links

Info&Contacts

For press, information about the project, the installation and the workshop, email:oriana.persico@gmail.com

To interact directly with the AOS team and other participants, subscribe the Human Ecosystems Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HumanEcosystems

 

Credits

Human Ecosystems San Paulo is an event sponsored by:

SESC Vila Mariana

in collaboration with:

Universitade Metodista of San Paulo

supported by:

Wenovate

Concept & Realization:

Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico [ AOS - Art Is Open Source ]

Brazilian producer:

Daniel Gonzalez

Technical & Infrastructure supervision:

Caleb Luporini

Storytelling & Communication Team:
Fábio Botelho Josgrilberg
Luiz Fernando Ramalho
Silmara Sgoti

Human Ecosystems: the installation in Sao Paulo

Human Ecosystems: the installation in Sao Paulo

10 Minutes in Detroit

An information visualisation built using the Human Ecosystems will be featured at the Gallery Project, in Detroit, for the Unseen exhibit.

10 Minutes in Detroit captures all the social networking activity in the city of Detroit on June 30th 2014 and visualises it in a series of different ways, using the Human Ecosystems ( http://human-ecosystems.com/home/ ).

The exhibit will be in Detroit from August 1st to August 31st, 2014 (Eastern Market, 1550 Winder, across from Red Bull House of Art, Detroit, MI) and in Ann Arbor from September 12th to October 12th, 2014 (Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI).

Unseen is curated by Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschet

The quest to see lies at the heart of human urgency. To breach the barrier between the visible and the invisible is compelling, emotional, informative and even magical. This process of discovery has always driven thinkers and image makers: artists, scientists and philosophers, from astronomers to nanotechnologists, from documentarians and data analysts to planners and prognosticators. As the unseen becomes seeable and seen, a pivot occurs, revealing and demanding irreversible change. No one who has seen is ever the same.

The invisible may be unseen for many reasons. It may be purposely covert for socio-political or military reasons, or to hide corruption or actions contrary to the public good. It may be inadvertently unseen because of the limits of technology or its applications, or the limits of human perception or comprehension. It may be willfully unseen from lack of curiosity, imagination, salience, awareness, or limitations of perceptual processes.

Many contemporary artists and scientists are dedicated to expressing the unseen and to making the invisible visible. They may be motivated to advance their disciplines, or may be fascinated by the prospect of discovery, or the challenge and adventure of harnessing emerging technologies to express ideas. They may believe it is important to uncover secrets, to disclose purposely hidden information, some of which strikes at the heart of democracy, personal privacy, individual well-being, individual freedom, the public’s right to know, and the health and survival of planet Earth. They may seek to awaken consciousness to initiate conversation about outcomes, implications and possibilities.

This exhibition invites the participants to visualize and express the unseen, and to comment on the impacts of the transformed vista.

In Unseen, participants’ work may express a range of conceptual dimensions. For example, they may be disclosing the purposely hidden or the inadvertently unseen. They may seek out significant and impactful information or simply delight in the creative, visually beautiful or surprising. Participants’ work may also express a range of thresholds of visibility. For example, they may be exploring micro, meso or macro levels of invisibility, from microbial and sub-atomic worlds to social, global and universal phenomena. Several examples follow:

The Hubble and Kepler telescopes are discovering evidence of earthlike and superhabitable planets, whose conditions for sustain carbon-based life surpass those of earth. However much of space is unseen by us, for intentional covert reasons or because we lack the means to perceive it.

In his book Dark Skies, Trevor Paglen, uses time-lapse photography with super sensitive equipment to capture images of military spy satellites streaking across the night sky. Photographed over a landscape reminiscent of Ansel Adams, the images are chilling reminder of what’s up there unseen.

Remote sensors and sonar probe deep within the earth and below the ocean floor in places like the arctic (where over 90% of Russia’s natural gas is located) mapping caches of gold, uranium, and rare earth minerals. Private corporations often own the proprietary maps. These same technologies offer crucial information to science, for example, in marine and desert archeology and research.

Environmental pollution related to deep earth mineral and gas extraction, and droughts; ancient aquifers are drained, the land debased, the water supply is poisoned and behind the guise of efficiency and technological advances.

Study of long term-data for natural cycles and systems reveals climate patterns, meteoric and volcanic activity, intense solar storms, and models their relationship to human activity and potential catastrophic impacts.

Disadvantaged individuals and groups that are invisible due to personal attitudes, social policy, and a history of neglect, e.g., the elderly and incarcerated black youth.

Architects and artists are working to reinterpret space in cities. Art is Open Source depicts the layers formed by people who uniquely shape the space through their use of mobile devices, ubiquitous technologies, and social networks.

Data art amasses complex critical information and presents it visually appealing and easily readable formats. Josh Begley, the originator of Dronestream, which documents the increase in drone strikes in the past decade, has created a new Apple App, Metadata, which documents drone strikes in real time.

Genetic research and engineering have enabled modification and selection of traits in foods, opening broad argument about health, safety, the power of chemical companies, and international meddling.

The Human Genome Project has sequenced the chemical base pairs of human DNA, making possible cloning technologies and genetic choice (babies by design). Private companies offer genetic tests for illness predisposition. This new era in genetics opens reconsideration of human identity, illness and morality.

Google Earth Outreach is mapping indigenous people around the world. The project protects 600,000 acres of the Surui of Brazil from exploitation, illegal mining and logging Photographer Martin Schoeller, with National Geographic, is bringing the issues facing lost tribes to global attention. Impact of such projects on their way of life is uncertain.

Animal research has revealed highly differentiated sounds and as yet untranslated complex language among elephants, dolphins, and other mammals. Increased understanding of animal language, emotion and culture challenges narrow preconceptions of animals as lesser beings, as food or objects for our entertainment.

American intelligence gathering is largely covert and secret. Edward Snowden, in revealing the extent of information collected about ordinary citizens, awakened awareness and initiated a change in generally held assumptions.

Cyber warfare, increasing in sophistication and run by rogue and government sanctioned hackers, challenges the security of nuclear facilities, financial systems, and personal data. There are no visual maps for understanding cybercrime.

Secret drone strikes in Yemen or Pakistan are supported by networks of underwater fiber optic cables, military satellites and command centers, remote sensing and vision systems, and superfast computers. Congress’ decision to continue their control in the CIA, rather than to transfer it to the Defense Department insures that they remain secret.

HAARP (The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the Defense Department and private contractors. HAARP analyzes the ionosphere and investigates the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance. Some say one of its goals is to transmit electricity wirelessly. Based in Gakona, Alaska, some experts say that HAARP is capable of modifying weather, disabling satellites, causing air crashes, earthquakes, droughts, storms, floods, and even disease.

There is a whole category of contemporary art this is full of technical and creative surprises. These works might involve hidden images, inference of the presence of the objects and content when they are not there, and movement that alters the visual and perceptual field. Some can only be fully realized with the participation and imagination of the viewer.

Human Ecosystems at ArtSci Salon in Toronto

The Human Ecosystems project is going to Toronto, at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences for ArtSci Salon, to start the real-time observation of the city, and for a first workshop on real-time cities, ubiquitous information, commons and the new public spaces (and some information visualization and BigData, too).

Here below the info about the event, as it appeared on the ArtSci Salon blog post about Human Ecosystems:

We are very excited to invite you to the Canadian launch of Human Ecosystems, a collaborative project by Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico a.k.a. Artisopensource (AOS) (http://www.artisopensource.net/)

Salvatore and Oriana are visiting Toronto and will launch the project with a hands-on collaborative intervention.

Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6:00 pm
this will be a hands on event, so bring your laptop!

Where:

the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
222 College Street, Toronto

This is the perfect occasion to kick off Subtle Technologies 2014 theme on “Open Culture” to celebrate the ways artists and scientists are creating tools and techniques to harness the collective power, knowledge and creativity of the citizen.

About the Project:
Human Ecosystems is a family of real-time systems capturing information from social networks to visualize cities’ human geographies and affective flows. Human beings generate an enormous amount of public information during their daily lives to express their emotions, desires, visions and ideas. Using a set of technologies to map public communication flows on social networks in the city, this project reclaims a novel form of public space: the human infoscape. Human Ecosystems seeks to achieve new understanding of the ways in which different cultures express opinions, emotions and affect. Most importantly, it seeks to reveal how cities’ relational ecosystems are formed and which roles different people assume in their communities (influencers, hubs, experts, amplifiers, bridges among different communities etc…). Human Ecosystems has been launched in Rome (Italy) and S.Paulo (Brazil) producing accessible OpenData maps and visualizations that can be monitored in time and space, revealing the emergence of entirely different cities within the same city, their affective flows, their aggregations and diasporic streams.

Click Here for More info on the Human Ecosystems project
BIOS

Salvatore Iaconesi is an interaction designer, robotics engineer, artist, hacker. TED Fellow 2012 and Eisenhower Fellow since 2013. He currently teaches Interaction Design and cross-media practices at the Faculty of Architecture of the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, at ISIA Design Florence, at the Rome University of Fine Arts and at the IED Design institute.

Oriana Persico holds a degree in Communication Sciences, is an expert in participatory policies and digital inclusion. She is an artist and writer. She has worked together with national governments and the European Union to the creation of best practices, standards and researches in the areas of digital rights, social and technological innovation, Digital Business Ecosystems (DBE), practices for participation and knowledge sharing.

Ubiquitous Information in cities: the future of information

The future of information in cities: ubiquitous information, social networks and the emergence of new business models and opportunities, beyond traditional media.

This video was presented at the Eisenhower Fellowship Day 2013 in Italy.

Human Ecosystems at the MACRO Museum of Rome for Aperitivi Formativi

What is the Human Ecosystem of the city?

How does it transform with the wide and accessible availability of ubiquitous and nomadic technologies?

How can we capture and visualize the Human Ecosystem of a city?

How can we transform this possibility to represent the Human Ecosystem into the opportunity to perceive its complexity and to perform it, to position ourselves within it and act creating new relations, new opportunities and new, yet unexplored possibilities?

These are some of the themes we will confront with on Tuesday, November 12 2013, at the MACRO Museum of Rome (in via Nizza 138) for a session of Aperitivi Formativi which will revolve around the idea (and project) of the Human Ecosystem.

Here is the Facebook Event of the day: Human Ecosystems at Aperitivi Formativi, at the MACRO Museum

About the Human Ecosystems project:

The Human Ecosystems Project

The Human Ecosystems Project

The main idea driving the philosophy of the project is that with the advent of ubiquitous and nomadic technologies (digital) information has become part of our landscape. The world is wrapped in an everchanging, liquid, emergent membrane of information which people have learned to use to take decisions, express emotions, communicate and, in general, to transform their perception of the world.

It has become, in more than one way, a new sense, a new tactility and a new possibility for performance.

We see this as a “new part of Nature” (or, possibly, an “updated part of Nature”), expressed along the models of the Ecosystem, the whole of the subjects, energies and flows of a certain environment, as described through the relational networks interweaving their lives. A new conception of the Body of the City, to which we will try to operate grabbing inspiration from the idea of Urban Acupuncture, as expressed by Marco Casagrande, and expanded to include the reality of the ubiquitous informational and communicational landscape.

And, thus, we are bringing up a series of projects which deal with both the progressive sedimentation of the ubiquitous infoscape, describing both its ruins, and its emergence. And, with them, the coagulation and continuous evolution/transformation of stories, relationships, emotions. Or, looking to the other direction of the time arrow, to possibility and opportunity.

With these projects we are trying to bring augmented sensibility to the Third Landscape of Information, the Third Infoscape, gathering inspiration from Gilles Clèment.

The project has already started in the city of Rome and, soon, more instances will start in many other cities, establishing conversations with city administrations, organizations and citizens.