Thursday, 27 January 2005



In David Cronenbergs film ‘Existenz’ ( 1999 ) a game designer has created the ultimate game, a game which is controlled by a game-pad connected directly to your spine. By being ‘on-line’, your body follows you into this game-world that appears so real that the question of which reality is most real has to be questioned.

Issues on dealing with notions of multiple realities as a necessity are discussed in Paul Virilio’s book ‘The Art of The Motor’. He says the de-realised man is a disoriented man and points at the American discovery, the GPS (Global Positioning System) as our ‘second watch’. If you have a watch with GPS you can, thanks to satellites, know exactly where you are geographically.

In the Fifteenth century we invented the first watch to tell us what time it was, and now we have invented the GPS to tell us where we are. To grasp this notion of being lost in reality, one has to think of our understanding of time and speed in relation to flow of information. The desire in making smarter and faster computers triggers the ultimate wet dream of an interactive situation where the time of ‘input and output’ are reduced to zero.

Wir bleiben alle - ZK/U Berlin

The slogan "Wir bleiben Alle" is seen on fewer and fewer weary facades in Berlin. The commanding words no longer man...