Archive for the ‘contextual’ Category

Baltan Laboratories FaceSponge workshop

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

This is a very late report on a workshop on Facebook livecoding/hacking we gave at Baltan Laboratories in Eindhoven in May. We were invited us to run a workshop based on Naked on Pluto as part of their Tools Series:

The Tools Series is a series of Baltan Sessions that examines the complex and changing relationships artists and designers have with the technologies and tools they develop, modify or use to create, with an aim to explore social awareness around the tool choices they make as well as the (aesthetic) influences of these choices on the work they create.

During the Naked on Pluto project one of the key ways to confront the problems of centralised social networks turned out to be to encourage a deeper understanding of the processes and protocols of these sites.


Neural 42 extra – VIDA Awards 13.2 DVD

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Photo neural mag #42


Neural #42 extra, VIDA Awards 13.2 DVD, an introduction and contextualization about VIDA Awards 13.2 edition and its winners, made by Artistic Director Monica Bello (only for subscribers)


Identity and Simulation. Artificial Life on the Networks

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

With Jussi Parikka, Pau Waelder, Aymeric Mansoux and Mónica Bello. Recorded (VO EN/ES) in Barcelona the 24th of February 2012 as part of the I+C+i Our Life Online session at CCCB.

Report from ARCO 2012 Madrid

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Naked on Pluto entered the world of contemporary art last week as part of the VIDA/telefonica exhibit at the ARCO 2012 art fair in Madrid. This was the culmination of a lot of work making the game into an installation format, which represented the library as the centre of control and surveillance in Elastic Versailles. The installation consists of books printed from information stored in the game archives over the previous year, slogans and glowing LED books on the walls. We also had terminals running the game with the projection of the live game world in a circle in the middle of the space.


Our Life online – Workshop+debate – 24 February 2012 at CCCB

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The first session of I+C+i 2012 carries out a critical explanation of software policies, the notion of identity on the social networks and the impact of simulation caused by new artificial life applications. A workshop taught by Naked on Pluto, winners of the VIDA 13.2 prize and Gerald Kogler, and a discussion with the participation of experts such as Jussi Parikka, Pau Waelder, Aymeric Mansoux, and Mónica Bello, promise an intense day of action and reflection on lesser known aspects of our life on the web.

Session organised in collaboration with Fundación Telefónica.


Resuming work on the installation

Friday, January 20th, 2012

And another secret preview. We’ll explain what’s in the books soon.

Naked on Pluto at Pixelache Pixelversity

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Dave will be presenting the story of Naked on Pluto on Wednesday the 9th November at Pixelache Helsinki. From it’s original inspirations, how we present issues of privacy via a game and some of the technical details behind it’s implementation. This talk will begin Pixelversity’s theme of ‘Social Identity, Augmented Reality & Virtuality’ initiated by Owen Kelly, which will explore digital tools, interfaces between public / private, personal / social & real / virtual. Pixelversity is the outreach & education programme of Pixelache Helsinki. Location: Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 C 15 (Ruoholahti Metro) . More info here.

Naked on Pluto wins VIDA 13.2

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

via Fundación Telefónica.

The VIDA Awards were created by Fundación Telefónica in 1999 to promote artistic creation based on new technologies and artificial life. A total of 198 projects from 36 countries entered into contest in this edition

The works will be showcased at Fundación Telefónica’s stand in ARCO 2012

Plutonian Times Research

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Elastic Versailles is in desperate need of a newspaper. The days where you’d actually have to travel to Pluto to get a glimpse of the wholesome and glamorous life within the walls of Elastic Versailles are almost over. We are training a group of reporter bots to do live reports from Pluto and we’re mere days away from the launch of the official, state controlled newspaper ‘Naked on Pluto’.

In search of inspiration Elastic Versailles’ News Agency has been looking at other independent, state controlled newspapers and broadcasters. Is there a common style?

The Voice of Korea sports a blue-skies-all-is-well design and writing style, as demonstrated in the article “Pigeon-Raisers Family” enjoys an optimistic life”

Various entertainments and optimistic life of Kim Yong Gun’s family were an epitome of the rich feelings of the Korean people who always live an optimistic life with confidence in their future.

Voice of Korea(more…)

Plutonian Striptease lectures at LiWoLi 2011

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

astounding stories of super-science

Art Meets Radical Openness: Liwoli 2011

Guests Friday 13 May

Marloes de Valk – and
Owen Mundy –
Dusan Barok –

Guests Saturday 14 May

Nicolas Malevé –
Margaritha Köhl –
Pippa Buchanan (Mozilla Webcraft) –
Birgit Bachler –

‘Plutonian Striptease’ is a 2 evening lecture series, filled with short 30 minute lectures on social media, online privacy, the data market and the economy of open systems.

We all share a lot of information with others online. Not only voluntarily and consciously via public parts of social media, but also unknowingly, by searching, purchasing, browsing… And on top of that, non-public parts of the web are being scraped to complete the already very detailed profiles data brokers and listening companies have on us. (more…)