www_hack

'www_hack' (2010) by Rui Guerra is a creative intervention onto specific web sites. A script installed on the host site allows all visitors to a single page to observe each others mouse movements at any one time.

www_hack by Rui Guerra is a creative intervention onto specific web sites. A script installed on the host site allows all visitors to a single page to observe each others mouse movements at any one time. On a technical level, the work is based on a javascript that contacts a server where all the individual mouse positions are stored, displaying all the cursors in ‘real-time’. Users experience the virtual presence of others, as controlled by a server.

Web platforms are being promoted as a privileged arena for emerging communities and open collaborations. ‘www_hack’, on the other hand, aims at exposing the internal architecture of the web as well as the protocols that reflect a server client hegemony in which users are separated from information and from each other. The project demonstrates that the server-client relationship is not open as such, nor free from power structures. Indeed, all clients are subject to the ‘dictatorship’ of a server which is intrinsic to web architecture.

www_hack has been presented at several institutions and events such as "Antisocial Notworking" curated by Geoff Cox, webcra.sh curated by JODI, and at the Observatori 2008 in Valencia.

Rui Guerra has been writing software with a critical view on communities for several years. He holds a MSc in Computer Science and a MFA in New Media. Besides working and collaborating with several institutes in the Netherlands like V2_, Virtueel Platform and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, he is involved in open culture by initiating and organizing open events. In 2007, he initiated a self-organized, uncurated and open festival - unDEAF - as a satellite event of the Dutch Eletronic Art Festival.

 

 

For more information visit: http://www.ruiguerra.com/www_hack/

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