“I-R.A.S.C. – infra red light against surveillance cameras” is the title of an exhibition by Stefanie Schultz / Berlin, D.N.K. / FILOART at Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin. The exhibition opens on Friday, october 26 at 8pm (Oranienburger Str. 54-56a / Berlin).
Last night we organized a screening of “Mein wunderbares Ich”, a documentary about Second Life Residents by Susanne JÃ¤ger that initiated and conceived together with the director. The film was aired on Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) at the same time. Parallely there was a screening at Alexanderplatz in New Berlin / Second Life.
For both screenings, the one in RL and the one in SL we came close to the max amount of visitors that the location / server can welcome. In the RL screening we projected the image on the shop window of the galerie space, so it was visible from inside and outside the gallery.
Some of the photos above were taken by Tobias Neisecke of YOUseeMEin3D, the creators of New Berlin.
You can watch / download the whole film in MP4 format here. Unfortunately it is in German and has no English suptitles (yet).
Aram Barthol, architct, media, performance + intervention artist and a friend of mine marked the NewBerlin Sim that YouSeeMeIn3D has set up resently in Real Life. Despite heavy rain the performance went smoothly without the lag one usually expects when particle effects get used excessively. The man with the camera is Arial Schlesinger aka Ariel Chico, frequent contributer to Minor Urban Disasters. I expected he might score for the Flickr group when Aram drew the line across Karl-Liebknecht Straße. Besides Second Life, this scene also referenced the Arcade + C64 game classic Frogger – not intentionally I guess, but perfectly in line with Aram’s body of work.
The Sim limit runs right through a MacDonalds Restaurant, a Church, the train station and Kaufhof, the large retail store at Alexander Platz. So does Aram’s line.
This week I will be in Cambridge at the ENTER_UNKNOWN TERRITORIES festival & conference. I got invited to take part for one of the discussion panels (“Future Spaces”). I’m looking forward to the event, because it sounds really interesting. I also expect a lively discussion after the email correspondence I had with the other participants so far. More to come.