Over the past decades in front of our eyes computer experiments of western science and military elite developed into a global network that is steadily connecting with our reality of life. This network changed from a hyped niche medium to a mass phenomena. More and more media are joining this ongoing digitization process that transforms the humans permanent connection to the network with all the ensuing problems and opportunities into a normal state. Smartphones in today’s climate are modern ordinary companions and could in the near future allow or in case of misconduct, prevent access to all the major social resources. Thus the utopian visions of the net avant-garde of the 90s that dealt with participation, freedom of the spirit, the hope of overcoming existing ownership and society proportions seem to have not been fulfilled. On the contrary the underlying roman legal system of our society structure (which forms the basis for our modern concept of property) proves to be extremely tough and durable. The globally crosslinked algorithms of the net are not able to overcome of these structures as some cyberspace residents had dreamt of longingly.
The Internet initially has the capacity to support the transformation of the existing power structures and to resolve the control over objects. Finally however the existing conditions solidify more strongly and adapt to the demands of a decentralized and globalized world.
In this way a part of the net slowly and constantly turns in the slipstream of the consumer society into a medium of control and surveillance. Still more functions of access control are applied to the net bureaucracy and used for the authentication systems of social networks. Soon one might guess that anybody will be suspected who tries to evade this obscure system. To be online then will mean to be dependant on a digital machine system, which by granting or denying access significantly co-decisions the participation or exclusion of social live.
The project is about the realization of a media plastic, a network-based permanent installation in a public space. A media plastic is a sculpture made out of pure information, its dimensions in space are defined by bits, bytes, longitude and latitude and the possibility of getting access to it. Except the medium we call reality there is no specific physical layer involved.
21 artists with high affinity to the net and the new media are invited to create a web-based work, which has the thematic focus of “access” and its dependence on spatial reference systems. The individual contributions will be presented on separate web pages with content of their choice which are accessible via a single URL. Due to a simple location check however the website is only available on a specific position, which is the address of km temporaer in Berlin. When requesting the website from different locations, the works will not be visible and the visitor gets the address of km temporaer via Google-Maps. Therefor the web page will be primarily accessed by smartphones and other mobile devices by users which are on site. For the vernissage the premises of km temporaer will remain empty and several hashtags #nonaccess will be printed on the walls. The twitter-stream for the #Hashtags on the evening of the opening will be printed as a small booklet in a limited edition. After the end of the project “local.#non.access”, a plaque with the URL of the medial plastic will be installed on the facade.