02 Mar /||\||\ – Dimensions of Hell
Roughly halfway through 2015, Montreal’s /||\||\ presented their deeply enthralling multimedia endeavor, entitled Dimensions of Hell, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal as part of MUTEK (video). Comprised of two of susy.technology’s founding members, Milo Reinhardt and Teodoro Zamudio, /||\||\’s performance constituted a musico-visual translation of the chaotic character of the contemporary cyberscape wherein much (perhaps a majority for some) of our human experience is lived, defined, and logged.
I took instantly to the performance, captivated immensely by the flickering and skittering collages of black and white data, an intriguing representation of what the duo refers to as a “potent vision of the futurity of interactive media, cyberculture and augmented reality.” Invigorated though I was by the live work, I then lacked the vocabulary to explore its deeper implications, resorting in that instance to awe and entertainment.
It would be some time between MUTEK and the digital release of Dimensions of Hell, permitting me ample room to develop my own experience(s) with work verging toward something possibly understood as interactive, “post-internet” art. In that span I dedicated much of my free time to researching the interconnectedness of social media, copyright / copyleft, and free / open source software movements, ultimately developing (with David Mitchell, Charlotte Forbes, and members of susy.technology) a project concerned with internet-based and -influenced activities. Given our work’s creative, financial, and social investment(s) in digital landscapes, it behooves us all to invest intellectually in their inner-workings. Paramount among my discoveries was to learn that when we partake in social media, we entrench the powers that restrict our systems of democratization, sharing, and discovery.
Most fortunately, Dimensions of Hell is now digitally live, and will soon be available physically through the aforementioned susy.technology, a collective whose mission claims to present “a critical, localized commentary on the future of digital culture.” I strongly encourage you to engage with their work and to stay tuned for word of future susy.technology projects over here.
Will & SYR