etoy.HISTORY-FILE: 09-05-09




Gathering individual human digital traces, noise and dust, to release them into eternity

Pollinaria, Italy, MAY 9-10, 2009

Pollinaria, members of etoy.CORPORATION and key figures in the production of MISSION ETERNITY invite you on an eternal trip thru space and time. After an introduction into the conceptual and technical aspects of MISSION ETERNITY - etoy's attempt to hack the ultimate boundary (the deadline) - the etoy.AGENTS will assist each person to design and construct a MINI ARCANUM CAPSULE. At the end of the workshop a unique data collection of 32MB from each participant will be inserted into the MISSION ETERNITY STOWAWAY STORAGE. The system tries to keep the data alive forever by endless processes of copying in the social network of MISSION ETERNITY ANGELS (currently 1132 people who donate a part of their free hard disk space to the mission).

Each ARCANUM CAPSULE contains digital traces of one individual: voice samples, drawings, ASCII notes, photos, official documents or any other data that can be stored in open formats. The special kind of (self-)portrait is an artistic approach to learn more about electronic memory culture: collecting, selecting, storing, passing on or forgetting information. At the same time it is a tool to investigate afterlife, the most virtual of all worlds.

ARCANUM CAPSULES will travel time and space forever after the death of each PASSENGER.

At pollinaria etoy will exclusively provide the technical equipment and know how to record an electrocardiogram (ECG) that will constitute an additional resource for the MINI ARCANUM CAPSULES. The goal is to develop an artistic manifestation, installation, webapplication or story that deals with this fundamental set of live/life data.

The visual representation of information, in the form of an ECG, is the exact equivalent of an artistic drawing - it prompts for a response from "others", as the result of the expression of our deepest manifestations of existence. Therefore, the ECG report is one of many fundamental components of a MISSION ETERNITY PILOT’s self-portrait. The cycle of transformations is extended into the digitalization of the ECG drawing and/or the digital storage of cardio-electrical information, so completing the ARCANUM CAPSULE, which may enable the reverse engineering of certain aspects of a human body travelling through time and space... for eternity.

MISSION ETERNITY is an artistic venture that is highly questionable and requires open minded test pilots. Admission: ages 5 to 99+ years