JULIAN OLIVER (NZ/DE) & DANJA VASILIEV (RU)
EXHIBIT, SCIENCE GALLERY CAFÉ & CITYWIDE
FRI 22.06.12 - SAT 08.09.12
Newstweek is a device for manipulating the news read by people using wireless hotspots. Built into a small and innocuous wall plug, the Newstweek device appears part of the local infrastructure, allowing writers to remotely edit news read on wireless devices without the awareness of their users.
As such, Newstweek can be seen as a device for altering reality on a per-network basis and illustrates how a strictly media-defined reality is a vulnerable reality: along the course of news distribution there are many hands at work, from ISP workers, numerous server administrators and wireless access point owners.
For HACK THE CITY, Newstweek will be installed in the gallery café and in other cafés across the city. In 2011, Newstweek was awarded the Golden Nica in the Interactive Arts Category at Prix Ars Electronica.
BIO: Julian Oliver’s work has been presented internationally at various electronic art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival. He has given numerous workshops and master classes and is a long-time advocate of the use of free software in artistic production, distribution and education. Danja Vasiliev works with digital systems, networks and software. His work has been exhibited internationally and he is currently developing several special devices that will become the new tools of the digital interventionist.