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Geometries of Power


Screenshots from the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival

A multi-user online 3D world that uses the interactive characteristics of
space, geometry and sound to question concepts of power and control.

The following images were produced during the Boston Cyberarts Festival on May 1, 2005. The event was hosted by the Goethe-Institut Boston in Boston, USA, and the programangels/Lothringer13 in Munich, Germany.

We again began with the blank canvas of a faceless modern city, into which participants could click-and-drag images  each image chanting its own audio mantra to both construct and deconstruct the world. Some images, photos of public politicians, are mapped at a giant scale onto the faces of the buildings. Others images, photos of the terrorists of September 11th, 2001 and Osama Bin Laden, appear at ground level and can be further deconstructed into smaller tiles - each tile repeating its audio mantra.

Although the images of politicians dominate the space by virtue of their huge scale, the deconstructed images of the terrorists start filling the space between buildings. The more fragmented they become, the more they dominate the space both physically and through the hum of their multiple voices.

Initially the images came only from the directories we provided. As the event progressed, participants searched the Internet for other images, leading inevitably to a loosening of our theme but with very interesting visual results (some making more sense than others!) The tool itself became a way to subvert the power and the control of its creators.

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