VISP is a creative process that visualize computer viruses and
spam as part of an
Machfeld (aka Sabine Maier &
Michael Mastrototaro) asked me to collaborate to this project.
Similar to a biological virus the art project will mutate during the process.
In this regard, one can see the result of this video projection and net
installation as mutation examples.
From 13th October to 2nd November 2005 the results were presented on
Machfeld project server as well as in the medien.KUNSTLABOR,
I created for online and "physical" exhibition two software
pieces built with Processing (see below), both pieces visualize data extracted
(and analysed) from a huge amount of emails recived on a normal mailbox.
The visualization approach was unformal and not scientific on purpose.
MAILBOX: clusters of VIrus and SPam are
visualized as cubes displaying identify code, VISP type, the date of first
detection and mail subject as a kind of grey scale barecode. One characteristic
of medien.KUNSTLABOR is that it keeps artists server ,like an exhibition
itself, in a grid of cells made of steal and glass. MAILBOX should reflect
this genius loci too.
NANO is a cellular automata visualizing
virus as red dots and spam clusters as circles, clicking on the applet informations
will be displayed. Press "n" key to visualize more recent VISP
or "o" for the older data. During the exhibition time both pieces
ran on a single that I set up with "found hardware". MAILBOX and
NANO was just a little part of VISP project, other works were:
IMAP Gallery - The virtually generated accumulation of unpopular spam
and computer viruses serve as row material for the artistic output [...]
IVI (Interactive Virus Installation) - [...] the medium video will be
extended by the support of image recognition [...]. Substrate of the emotional
level is the visual rapresentation of viruses [...].
GROW (the invisible) - "Don't disclose your identity - particulary
when you want to spread a computer virus"[...]
Actually my favorite one: the text "I LOVE YOU" (built with
special jelly) were colonized by two different kind of bacteria.
Concept and artistic direction by Sabine Maier & Michael Mastrototaro.
IVI programming by Hubert Hausegger.
Database & Evalutation by Markus Reisenhofen.
Visualization by Alessandro Capozzo.
Very special thanks to Franz Xaver.