Atmosphere at XXXXX was cheerful and vibrating, reminding collaborative hackmeetings but in a better equipment garment. The twelve hours life coding event, inspired by Plenum (collaboration with KOP, 2006), was divided in three sessions: Open Hardware, with Jessica Rylan and Ludic Society; Interface, with Yunchul Kim, Roman Kirchner, Olaf Val and Otto Roessler’s incredible lecture, and Code, conducted by Tatiana Bazzichelli, Paolo Cirio and Stewart Home.

Noise//sound artist Jessica Rylan held a workshop on circuit boards to elaborate DIY audio representations of chaos.
Ludic  Society, a group attempting to create an artistic research discipline that studies the phenomenology of the act of playing in contemporary societies, presented blitz, a flashed Nintendo connected to a self etched electronic Littletree. This
machine becomes a War driving access-scan tool to define play clouds and a circuit board to read RFID tags
found in the area.
If culture industry produces players and consumers ready to accept fixed ideological conditions and rules, Ludic Society develops typologies of conversion and transformation, provoking and promoting a new form of gaming as a research field.

Yunchul Kim, Roman Kirchner, Olaf Val attempt to shift the world interface to include magic. Potential side
effects include volcanic eruptions, according to local EM presence.

German biochemist Otto Roessler‘s digression around Chaos  was as simple as complex, touching and abstract, theoretic and psychedelic in its original acceptation, which indicates something showing the essence and soul of things. You think you are understanding, but are you? Science is in danger because the essence of science is the lack of knowledge, not knowledge itself. There is no progress on the level of mathematics from Anassagora to our times. Chaos is trivial and closed together with intuition. Benevolentia is the foundation of the “smile theory” which aims to define humanity (just in case…): animals are autistic, smile blind: they cannot show any benevolentia… That would be a categorisation of what is human, and what it’s not. It is commonly accepted that animals do not have humanity, nor benevolentia. Though hackers are quite autistic, and some might have seen animals smiling, talking and making other delicate practices. So are animals human? Are humans animals? Are hackers persons? It is Chaos! Better not talk about malevolentia, for a better definition of the cycle, the omega point. Life will have life.

Everything is language; pornography as well and, especially in this accelerated society, it can be coded and recoded exploring different strategies and devices.
The working group was examining new fetishes and possibilities of  overturn and subversion of the imaginary.
Tatiana Bazzichelli, Paolo Cirio and Stewart Home decided to analyse myspace-hacking possibilities. Nowadays it is not easy to inject a virus  into myspace, as it was in early times. But what is hacking? Isn’t it a break, the introduction of crammed full, redundant fake information?
The group decided to play with a fake identity, a trees-fucking girl who created a network based on non-existence. Is this effective? Identity playing, as Tatiana tried to remind us, is limited. If a virus can be a cultural virus, and sex with trees is no-sense worm breaking into public domain, yet a platform like myspace is off-course taking into account the proliferation of this fake identities practice, and  probably it is ready to make profit out of it. What giants like myspace, facebox and google are marketing are our preferences, trends, fantasies, choices. When the database (of the variety and variations of humanity) will be filled, people will be asked not to make decisions anymore, because their profiles will be automatically making selections for them: fill in the form, and we will tell you what music you are supposed to listen to, what you would like to eat, who are your best friends, where you should really go on holidays, and, offcourse, what to buy, how to dress, which books might interest you… Fake identities are an expression of our cultural shape, as much as real identities. As well, the observer is not ingenuous or naive. Google, by example, is able to recognise a user even if  this person is not logged to any gmail and connects from a different IP and Mac-address. Everyone tends to query the oracle with his normal everyday struggles; everyone will search according to his interests, field of work, language. Everyone will probably often open his own website and a range of usual places. Our movements are pre-mapped. Murderer goes back to the place of crime!
As Paolo suggested, the best virus is an efficient alternative: social network needs a new open source peer-to-peer not centralized platform.

“Keep your hands off my settings… I don’t want to be awake”
Philip K. Dick (1968), Do androids dream of electric sheeps?