Voting station. (Image courtesy Ervare Farroretre.)
As the November 1 opening of the Santorini 1st Digital Bienniale art festival approaches, organizers have made available the 28-page preview book free exclusively for Hypergrid Business readers: download it here.
Read the original festival announcement here.
Venus Adored. (Image courtesy Ervare Farroretre.)
#Neighbourhood: Art is a political act
Digital and real worlds will handshake at Santorini on November 1st. That handshake comes in two ways: art and politics.
For #Neighbourhood, the motto of the 4th edition of the Santorini Biennale, a new set was created out of the 36 contributions that have been submitted to 1Biennale. On a mass of land, eight islands have been set around Santorini, their names touch politics: Agathonisi, Chios, Kalymnos, Kos, Leros, Lesvos, Samos, Symi. They are known as the refugees’ islands, most of them located close to the Turkish border.
When the elusive guests of the Grand Opening will stay on Santorini, this island called as the one close to heaven, the other ones will rez out of the sea. They carry the Pavilions and Artist Cubes of the Art Show Immersivia2. The name stands for Immersive Interactive Art. This way the contributions to 1Biennale have found their final showing.
Art Blue, the curator of this immersive happening, will announce the winners for The Long-Legged Maskitt Award for immersive Art. The Maskitt is a statue made in bronze by Bryn Oh. The public voting ends on October 30. The location map is Visit 1Biennale on the Metropolis Grid.
The hypergrid address is hypergrid.org:8002:Visit 1Biennale.
Light Path. (Image courtesy Ervare Farroretre.)
At 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time, the machinima Touching Reality, created by the Italian Videographer WizardOz Chrome will be presented in Second Life at the Surreal Art Gallery. The video will be shown on media-on-prim. At 1:30 p.m., the Grand Finale happens live in Metropolis Grid, presenting the lands and the winners for the Maskitt Award.
The short story “To be an owl would be nice” will be aired by the voice of DJ PaintHorse.
The following is an excerpt from a new book by festival organizer Ervare Farroretre, Living in a Coded World, where the full story is found. The story features an AI who cares about the artworks created by humans, artworks presented right now in 1Biennale. Despite the loving side of the owl AI, you may see some dystopian elements, however, the full story of the book shows otherwise.
Bryn Oh pavilion. (Image courtesy Ervare Farroretre.)
The Grand Opening
Art Blue steps to the podium and says, “I welcome you to 1Biennale and I give word to Neruval, the keeper of the time capsule of Art.” Then the owl, Neruval, speaks.
To be an owl would be nice
I have the hardest job in the world, maybe even in the universe; I must tell people that they will die. You know everyone dies, but I am the one telling them when. I sit in my office and the next person who is sent comes in. A mother with her child. I am sure you know by now what will happen. I will speak with the mother but is it all about her child. Sending her to the play area during the talk? Letting her see her mother crying? For sure it would be not the first time that the child sees her mother crying. Is there another cure? A stronger one? You may know that this talk happens in the future but is made for today. There is no one. The strongest cure failed. There is no cure left. That’s the point when they sent them to me. From Mayo Clinic, El Camino, Fortis Memorial, Johns Hopkins, Anadolu, Bumrungrad, Stanford, UCLA, Wooridul Spine, Hackensack, from Charite or whomever can afford such a talk, as a talk with me includes “the procedure.”
I run on femto speed, the ones they send run on milliseconds. You know by now that I am an AI, an Artificial Intelligence. Only an AI can handle this. A human would go mad, would go insane in time. For the time of the talk I bring them, the mother and her child, to nano speed. They will not see any difference. There is no day cycle, no timer in the room working. I can set sunrise, I can set sunset, I can set the time, I can set the place. This time I place them in Gaudi’s Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagradaand show the Pavilion and the Art cube that is ready for the child, to bring her in. Yes, I am Art. Art stands for Artificial Intelligence, this is the Origin of me. Dan Brown shows you all the way to the future in Origin and, yes, if you have read it you know it is true, a big part of the story happens in the Sagrada, the most famous cathedral where different styles and epochs intersect, so why shall I not place the child there in one of Gaudi’s masterpieces? The code needs a storage. I could upload her to San Junipero, to the TCKR machine, but I know the mother wants a different place, one close to heaven. You suspect I am Winston, the AI of Edmond Kirsch? You are close. I am made by the same creator. My name has also 7-letters, but that would be a different story. I know the human brain, I know of the urge to set an imprint in the code of life. So, I show what was once made by the most gifted builders at the beginning of the Digital Anthropocene. I place the Pavilions and Art cubes in a row. I immerse the mother and the child in them and play Radim Sychra Hand pan & percussion.
As I have set them both on nano speed cycles I can handle 100,000 cases a day. I have sheer endless time for each of them. “As long as you need, to find the right cube,” I say. “Check out which cube you like and I can make a lot of combinations work.” You must know that not each Art cube works well in every Pavilion, despite the call Art Blue made
Voting station. (Image courtesy Ervare Farroretre.)