Welcome to Transbabel!
..the next step taken is to establish "42 - The Research
Institute". We set it up with one very special, specified theme -
the question of success and failure. Different experimental
sessions let us circumnavigate or crash the limits of Transbabel.
Random visitors of an art exhibition, as well as remote
researchers can be connected via internet, and get involved into
a series of settings, a series of trial and error. Experiments
through images and sounds are implemented to find out more about
the structure of communication processes, the reality and/or
effect of social norms, the development of hierarchies, struggles
for understanding/power and endeavours to create harmony.
There is a set of demonstrations planned by the team of the
One of these involves remote locations like 42s Amsterdam, Berlin
and Ljubljana, as well as Barcelona, Tokyo and Karlsruhe. During
live-sessions this can be followed in real-time via webcam on
four locations, and be recalled later as archived, thus frozen,
material again over the network/internet. During the remaining
test-period some of the researchers participate actively, but
most of the time the actors will seem to work by themselves. The
main aim is to use the laboratory so the chance to meet the
interesting processes cannot be predicted.
But is always possible.
The experimental setting supports different levels of
communication: verbal discourse about the dealing with/handling
of success and failure, methods for working non-verbally - the
hidden layers beneath conciousness, reflection of working and
environmental conditions on which they depend.
The Research Installation itself:
The sound studio is connected to the internet. A continuously
growing archive of sound-files provides the material for the
different experimental settings. The 'produced' material remains
available: by means of an automated process the archived files
are fed from the internet into the 'space of action' as long as
no researcher intervenes in the acoustic space.
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