Lithuania / Germany, 2013-2014
The installation 0.30402944246776265 offers an imaginative social network where computers represent people and network cables represent ties connecting people. Within the visual component brought to the monitor screens, the bubbles represent active people, while the lines represent social activity. The square represents itself.
The computers run the distributed data storage system Freenet, which operates as a self-organizing network using the allocated free space of personal computers to create a collaborative virtual file system. In addition, the installation is accelerated with yet another piece of software, bridging the Freenet network with the Internet. The software automatically downloads information from the Internet and uploads it on the Freenet, closing down the system of interacting objects of different natures. All this software architecture brings the idea of an artificially intelligent system.
Mindaugas Gapševičius (b. 1974) is an artist, facilitator, and curator living and working in Berlin and Vilnius. He was among the initiators of the first Lithuanian new media art platform on the net http://www.o-o.lt. Gapševičius was an active participant of the international new media art networks, which stimulated the formation of networks between Western countries and Baltic States in the last decade of the 20th century. The work of Gapševičius is to be associated with net art, software and interactive user interface. The artist conceptualizes the flow of digital information, analyzes its inner logic and modes of application. Gapševičius engages deeply into futuristic themes and takes up critical position towards contemporary neo-liberal tendencies.