This workshop is open to any person interested in the net and its virtual, digital population.
Note: The participation of artists and creators of digital files is encouraged.
Familiarity with command line is a preferred but not exclusive requirement.
- brief introduction to the main concepts at the base of the project
- software installation
- creation of Souls
– playing with Entities
- discussion, feed-back and future perspectives
System requirements: *nix.
1 hour and 30 minutes.
about - also see the presentation 24.04.09!
Virtual Entity is a philosophical research starting from the assumption that the concepts of authenticity, ownership, uniqueness and seriality are no longer valid within the digital domain. In fact, there is no substantial difference between copy and original on the Web – and these two categories are not relevant. Since any file can generate an infinite number of entities identical to itself, there is no scarcity on the Net; any resource is indefinitely available. Assuming possession is related to the numerical proportion between resources (objects) and potential owners (subjects), then the concept of ownership and the idea of property become superfluous, whereas resources are unlimited.
If socialist and communist experiments in the real world were limited by the presence of state ownership, Virtual Entity is proposing the implementation of a non-property system within the digital domain.
The practical method to achieve such result is a new radical software being specifically developed to release, license and catalogue digital files. This system, transforming the traditional approach towards metadata, is based on the idea that any file is an independent creation living its own life and experiencing various levels of transformation and progressive generation (of meaning, shape and entities) in the course of its virtual existence. Thus, digital resources, interpreted as cultural units, are considered the main actors of the web.