DIVVY/dual Project #1 "Type-Trace"
This event has ended.
Closing Party: 2006-09-23 (Sat) 5-7pm.
"Di`vid´uu`al: Divided, shared, or participated in, in common with others."
DIVVY/dual Project #1 is the first edition of a new series of events aimed at building a platform to re-connect the different agents involved in creative acts: the builder (artist / creator), the mediator (curator / organizer), and the crowd that contemplate the resulting work (audience). This first edition will consider how Open-Source principles borrowed from the software world could challenge the current art world and the relationships between its agents.
Those Open Source principles were originally created to define a new process of software development by publishing the program source code and thus letting the general public freely read, modify, and redistribute the program. This process, supported by licenses that legally allow users to make these modifications, leads to the formation of communities that together work to enhance those softwares beyond what many consider the boundaries afforded by isolated corporate environments. Today, softwares developed under Open Source licences power a significant portion of all the electronic equipment we use everyday, be it computers, web browsers, operating systems, electronic products etc...
The same idea has been translated into the world of culture, with significant movements such as the Creative Commons. Here too, a license deliberately gives away some of the copyrights to the public so that the users can freely remix and share contents (image, movie, music) in order to achieve a higher state of expression that is not reachable by a solitary operation.
The project aims to research / discuss / propose a framework where the traditional schema of “sender / receiver” is broken down into a connectable relation between artists and the public, so that they can collaboratively build upon each other’s commitment.
This first edition includes an exhibition by artist Takumi Endo: "Type-Trace".
Language is the most basic media we all exploit in every day life. We generate thousands of words a day, typing emails and documents. The work records and plays back the act of typing along a timeline. As each key typed is regenerated with sound to form a mass of words, the presence of the typist emerges in the space, and this weaving shifts shape as you leave your traces on the texts of others.
[Engineer: Shinyaa Matsuyamaa; Coordinator: Dominick Chen]
The show will be followed by a talk at the NTT ICC space: "Is Open-Source Art Possible?" on 2006.09.24 (Sun) 14:00~17:00. (Free)
[Project Organizer: Gadago NPO]
[Sponsored by Mozilla Japan. Mozilla is a leading global Open-Source software project featuring the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird email client, with 60 million users worldwide.]
[Support: Time & Style, The University of Tokyo]
From 2006-09-18 To 2006-09-23 at 17:00
This past Saturday, I worked five hours at the gallery Kobo&Tomo where the DIVVY/dual project was on show for the sixth and the last day.
5th day of the DIVVY/dual exhibition. To explain the Type-Trace program on display very briefly, it records what you type on the laptop - not only the words, but also how you typed, where you paused, which words you erased, and so on.
Yesterday, I was the first of six people to take part in the "DIVVY/dual" exhibition taking place this week in Space Kobo and Tomo in Ginza.
このテキストは、TABを運営するGadago,NPO主催の展覧会＜DIVVY/dual project＞の会場で展示中の「Type Trace」を使って入力したものです。
A white room. A row of chairs. You sit there, facing a laptop computer and you start typing. For many, this is just like a normal day at the office, for others, it sounds like a visit at the Apple store.
Just add a projector to the mix, and it becomes interesting, even more so with the help of the type-trace software, not only showing everything you type, but applying some clever effects to the text depending on how you typed it. Do it alone and you dive into it, hypnotized by the feedback loop. Do it when the space is filled with visitors, and you can't help starting to feel very self-conscious; exhibitionist.
The computers and projected screens are close to one another, and invite participants to start chatting through their typing. This is the world of AIM and MSN, inside out. Gone is the ease and comfort of taking time to think and write: too long a pause and you're exposed, letters exploding on the screen. Gone is the private little closed world, too, as all you write will released as creative commons material.
Simple, clever and rather thought provoking. Don't just go see it, go play with it. Alone, with friends. Go.
他の人の貢献をじっくり見ながら、自分の想像を膨らませて実行にうつす - オープンソースの基盤となる「もっとこうすればいいんじゃない」というユーザの積極性が、自然と引き出されて行くのを感じる展覧会でした。