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Contagious Paranoia
Conceived and compiled for the invitation to the 49th Venice Biennale, is both a computer virus and a work of art. The virus is made public and spread from the Slovenian Pavilion on the opening day of the exhibition, June the 6th 2001. becomes headline-hitting news, suddenly turning into an unprecedented performance, a controversial work of art revealing how media hysteria can be theoretically provoked and raised. Following the spreading of the virus, Symantec Corporation, world leader in Internet security technology, detects and starts the hunt. Eva, 0100101110101101.ORG's spokeswoman, says: ?As part of an organization that produces art, my only responsibility is to be irresponsible?.
(1541 hits since 07/03/06, avg/day 0.3706)
I love you [rev.eng]
'I love you [rev.eng]' is the first exhibition world-wide dedicated to the phenomena of computer security and computer viruses. In a networked society, dealing with computer viruses, worms, or so-called 'blended threats', has become part of everyday digital life.
(1278 hits since 07/03/06, avg/day 0.3073)
Infecter creates abstract visual interpretations of computer virus source code. These visual systems are based on the gridded structures that scientists use to map out and read genetic sequences in biological organisms. Infecter offers a type of digital mapping that is, in effect, the opposite of the biological scientific process, which begins with images and ends up with a type of abstracted chemical language that presents a way to read a biological organism. Because computer virii are defined by their specific behaviors, and their behaviors originate as language, this project moves in reverse, turning a string of seemingly incomprehensible characters and letters into a viewable and dynamic visual analog. Taking MyDoom as a starting point, the source code is mapped out and then systematically infected with sections of source code from other prominent virii. This creates a dynamic and evolving visual system, much as is found in genetics. Based on the principles of genetic engineering, which attempt to turn off or turn on specific biological behaviors by inserting new genes or deleting sections of old ones, this project puts into motion an experiment with no hypothesis. The visual properties that will emerge are based not on what we program them to do but by the interactions of language itself.
(1213 hits since 07/10/06, avg/day 0.2922)
Joseph Nechvatal
Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation's computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer St?phane Sikora.
(1040 hits since 07/03/06, avg/day 0.2501)
Yazna and ++ are two viruses in love. They search for each other on the net, running through connected computers. Apart from other viruses, their passages won't cause any damage to your computer, nor it will keep in danger your operative system. Theirs is a soft passage, invisible, and extremely fragile. They live a few moments in your more instable computer folders, they leave a small sign of their presence, and if they don't find each other, they go back. Spreading to another computer. Hoping for the long awaited encounter. Somewhere on the net. Sooner or later. Probably ++or Yazna have already come to your computer, and you didn't notice. Maybe that will happen tomorrow. Or maybe never.
(1111 hits since 07/03/06, avg/day 0.2672)
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