It’s quine time
What printed matter will remain in 2079, which printing techniques will be used at that time? In the present paradigm shift from a society focused on mainly printed knowledge to a digital world of data, we face the following questions: who has access to knowledge and technology, and who are the guardians of virtual sources and servers? With the introduction of autonomously learning algorithms, will these systems be opinionated, or created from the need for profit and self-empowerment, resulting in a division between man and machine? Also, in view of the current climate emergency: what natural resources do we want to exploit in order to save that digital infrastructure?
The fountain is a test, in which lea levels will rise, and the radiation levels of the electromagnetic spectrum will get more extreme, following the need for communication. When you take a pump and saltwater and let the level of the water rise to a certain level, the fountain can turn into an antenna transmitting at a fixed frequency: tune in at 108 FM. This is not piracy, but an act of common empowerment in the electromagnetic spectrum.
By whom. The bibliography floating in the water is a test to obtain a ‘new’ material to hold print: water repellent paper. Only when future generations still pick up and read print will it have meaning. By choosing an A4 piece of paper with a printed biography, a question is raised: which authors will be canonized and included in institutional archives? Will we continue to tell cherished stories or will we want to create new ones?
In the second half of the twentieth century, it was revolutionary to be able to control a printer via software with a click on the ‘PRINT’ button. $print is also a command that you can insert in different programming languages, to make the data readable for people; it gives a snapshot of what is being calculated by the computer. The installation b8:27:eb:9d:53:04 i/print focuses on the concept of quine. For a computer, a quine is a program that does not take input, but produces exactly itself as the only output. Building such a quine is interesting because it requires that we express something about the whole of the logical system and that we do it from within the system. It is actually a study of the reference to the self. On the waterproof lithograph, generative scripts are drawn that are controlled by software and from a distance, in collaboration with local pen holders. The content of the generative scripts stems from the search for the year 2079 in Wikipedia, our shared encyclopedia: May 1, 2019… A solar eclipse, because looking at the solar system is looking into the past. Light-years are time in another dimension and algorithms know exactly what happens that day. 6 June 2079… Smalldate time is an insertion parameter in data banks that is coming to an end due to the limited length of the data structure and will be reset to 1/1/1900.
Ooooo has existed since 1998 as a non-exclusive and temporary constellation of persons. This changing art platform of varying collaborations and social networks is formed by artists and collectives from various disciplines. Ooooo initiates, mediates, facilitates, and manages projects, programs, and workshops. Ooooo creates interfaces, structures, protocols, and social (digital) environments in order to question the day-to-day themes and to give practical answers to these questions by means of their actions.
Presently, in the work of ooooo a returning discourse can be discerned around the public character of the digital power structures and the share of identity and gender politics in the decolonisation of our technologies, which are mainly developed by white men. ooooooo wants to introduce us to new forms, also of authorship and collective identities in which relations between man, machine and nature are intended. The means that ooooo uses and develops for this are open source and belong to the commons.