I love you - computer_viruses_hacker_culture
"I love you - computer_viruses_hacker_culture", digitalcraft´s exhibition on computer viruses will be presented at this year´s transmediale.03 (31.01.2003 - 06.02.2003) at the "Haus der Kulturen der Welt" in Berlin. After its first public showing at the Museum of Applied Arts Frankfurt in May/ June 2002, "I love you" has been thematically augmented for the transmediale.03. The complete catalogue to "I love you" can also be seen online here.
"I love you" is supported by our partner Trend Micro.
"I love you" is germany´s first interdisciplinary exhibition on the topic of computer viruses. In today´s society which is labelled by mostly computer based means of information and communication, viruses are a part of everyday life. "I love you" intends to especially highlight the wide range of computer viruses: as the exhibition displays, viruses present both an economical threat as much as aesthetical impulses that influence digital art to a great extent. Digitalcraft investigates the artistic power of the virus phenomena: what exactly are viruses, how can they be defined? Who programmes viruses? Why? Which background is there beneath the surface of this rather normal feature of digital culture? Digitalcraft focusses on controverse positions of net.artists, programmers, IT-experts and code poets that all engange in that discussion.
In the "Haus der Kulturen", the visitor faces 150 square meters full of viruses. Seperated terminals ("in the zoo") present a compilation of some 400 active viruses and the visitor can apply viruses such as "bad boy" or "suicide" on files or even effect a system crash. Background information on the development of computer viruses is displayed in a depiction of the 30 years viruses´ history.
Furthermore, the net artists 0100101110101101.ORG and epidemiC present their viruses "biennale.py" and "bocconi.vbs" that have been declared art works due to their attribute as a self-reproducing programme. Insights on hacker ethics and the aesthetical function of computer viruses are given by a selection of works by free software programmer Jaromil. Aesthetical aspects -programming as a means of combining form and function - are treated within a presentation of works like the aircraft simulator created by Carl Banks.
Another feature emphazises the language of programme code which, apart from its technical functionality, claims a high artistic degree. The source codes that viruses are based on and their aesthetics allow a comparison with experimental literature of the early avantgarde: Baudelaire or Apollinaire up to modern poets such as Ernst Jandl and the contemporary "Code Poets".
In order to approach the economic and public factor of viruses and its explosiveness, digitalcraft also invited Trend Micro, a producer of anti-virus software, to participate in the exhibition. In contrast to hackers and programmers, Trend Micro is less interested in the aesthetical aspects of viruses but focusses on the securing of computers.