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World-Information.Org @ Vienna. A Summary.

World-Information.Org @ Vienna
November 24 to December 24, 2000
Technical Museum, Vienna

After the successful launch of World-Information.Org in Belgium, where the Viennese Institute for New Culture Technologies / t0 was invited by the organizers of the European City of Culture Brussels 2000 to stage the lead project of the new media program, the exhibition was presented in Vienna and visited by approximately 15.000 people.

From November 24th to December 24th the Technical Museum Vienna provided the venue for the World-Information exhibition that is divided into three parts and aims at exploring the latest developments in the field of information and communication technology and their impact on and interaction with society and culture.

World Infostructure, the first part of the exhibition, imparted the results of the research program that has been carried out in connection with World-Information.Org since autumn 1999. The 29 displays represented the extensive content of World-Information.Org's online knowledge database and focused on the multifaceted interrelations between technology and society, politics, culture and economy.

The exhibition's second part, Future Heritage, concentrated on the artistic elements within the critical analysis of electronic networks and their possibilities - the cultural heritage of the future. It displayed the works of international artists that experiment and operate with information technology.

The World C4U's keywords were Command, Control, Computer and Communication (C4). In the center of attention were nostalgic and state-of-the-art security and control technologies. World C4U featured various projects and allowed visitors to collect real life experiences with latest access technologies.

Held in connection with the World Information Exhibition the World Information Forum brought together a number of distinguished speakers, including Ben Bagdikian, Steve Wright and Kunda Dixit. The speakers and panellists addressed, each from a different perspective, the political and artistic dilemmas as well as the opportunities contained in the transition to a digital world.

The first exhibition day was rounded off by the PureData Ensemble Party where Remote Audio System (RAS) - a Software that enables up to 12 users spread over the Internet to collaboratively manipulate one MP3-Stream - was presented for the first time.

The art mediation program, which formed an integral part of the exhibition provided a permanent information desk and guided tours. Throughout the whole exhibition period visitors had the possibility to attend dialog tours where invited theoreticians, scientists and artists gave insider views on the complex content of World-Information.Org and allowed the public to discuss with them the political, societal and cultural implications of new media. For school classes special educational programs that enabled the younger audience to gain insights into the exhibitions issues were offered.

World-Information.Org is organized under the patronage of UNESCO and has already been invited to a number of European capitals. Conceived as an ongoing effort to critically observe and investigate new technology in a societal, economic and artistic context World-Information.Org's research will be published and continually broadened and advanced. Special attention will be given to the development of the web-site and knowledge database.

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