Archive: Issue No. 67, March 2003

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Mara Vern

Giles Lane, Andrew Kötting and Mark Lythgoe
'MAPPING PERCEPTION: an experimental love poem describing a scientific love story'


http://www.hottentotvenus.com

Each year at the beginning of February, Studio XX in Montreal, Canada presents a weeklong festival of women's Web art. For the 6th edition of the Maid In Cyberspace Festival, Studio XX focused on subversive acts by 'intelligent agents' and cultural hackers. Artist Mara Vern showcased a piece on Sarah Baartman. www.hottentotvenus.com is web art project that reveals different aspects Sarah Baartman's story, using seven voices/speakers, archival documents and links. The use of caricatures of the speakers, done in Paris by portrait artist Khurran (who works at the base of the Eiffel tower adjacent to the Musee de l'homme) was intended to speak about representation, Sarah's in particular.

www.studioxx.org/coprods/hottentotvenus/index2.htm


http://www.appliedautonomy.com

The Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA) is probably best explained through their many bizarre projects. Graffiti Writer, for instance, is a tele-operated robot that employs a custom built array of spray cans to write linear text messages on the ground at a rate of 10 miles per hour. These messages are similar in form to dot matrix printer output, and are not intended to imitate human graffiti. Used by ordinary citizens, the robot can transform public space into critical sites for free speech and public discourse.

Founded in 1998 as a technological research and development organization, the IAA is concerned with individual and collective self-determination. Their mission: to study the forces and structures which effect self-determination; to create cultural artifacts which address these forces; and to develop technologies which serve social and human needs. Be sure to visit their Rogue's Gallery.

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