Kickended by Silvio Lorusso is online database artwork archiving the Kickstarted campaigns that got not even a single penny. This competitive aesthetics of failure has been able to attract the attention of major national newspapers (from the British “The Guardian” to the Italian “Corriere della Sera”).
The new media critic’s tension is often oriented to understand that subtle cultural membrane created by the machines during the communication, that is actually ubiquitous. Particularly in written communication, the verbal and programming language’s mingling has led to theoriginal experiments of ‘MEZ’, aka Mary-Anne Breeze. She has coined an original language, the ‘mezangelle’, that inserts the machine code style and conventions in the written language, synthesizing a poetic style, influenced by an eventual automatic interpretation. Code Poetry – Virologic conditioning 1.1 by Tsila Hassine (author of the excellent Shmoogle) and Alejandra Perez Nunez is a software written in python that outputs an automatic machine reading of the MEZ’s ‘virologic conditioning 1.1′ poetry. The project has been induced by Florian Cramer and brings into effect the MEZ’s text parsing through a speech synthesis, with a further audio editing that includes a ‘human’ reading. This audio ‘reverse engineering’ of the original artist’s work brings a new interpretation, short-circuiting the original process, but at the same time paying an important homage to her.