GIF and the City is a social sculpture built upon F.A.T's "Occupy the Internet" where citizens of Gwangju, South Korea were turned into GIFs to occupy a iconic landmark from the 1980's Democratization movement in South Korea. Occupy the Internet AFK!
The display creates a moving and evolving snapshot of visitors in the area and their personal expressions, celebrating city life and the power of communities, crowds and networks in a more personal and human way that the usual mappings of social networks and flows of the city.
The GIF file format creates a short loop from a sequence of images that can be embedded in websites. The format originates from the early days of the web where video was out of the question and saving file size and bandwidth was paramount. In recent years, the GIF has seen a resurgence of popularity together with a retro memes trend that turns its focus back to the early, innocent and playful web before the emergence of commercial social media and high definition pro content. This can for example be seen in the FAT project "Occupy the Internet". The popularity of GIFs shows that personal and creative expressions thrive in the limitations of low quality images and a simple frame animation looping forever.
Supported by Gwangju Media Festival 2013. Curated by Juhee Chung.
In more than five years of activity, the Free Art and Technology Lab (F.A.T. Lab) produced an impressive series of projects, all developed with open source software, shared online and documented in a way that allows everybody to copy, improve, abuse or simply use them. This approach situates F.A.T. Lab in a long tradition of DIY, processual, sharable artistic practices based on instructionals, and reveals a democratic idea of art where Fluxus scores meet hacker culture (and rap music).
Featuring texts by Régine Debatty, Evan Roth, Domenico Quaranta, Geraldine Juárez and Randy Sarafan, The F.A.T. Manual is a selection of more that 100 projects, done in the belief that printing these bits on paper will allow them to spread in a different way, infiltrate other contexts, and germinate. An archive, a catalogue, a user manual and a software handbook documenting five years of thug life, pop culture and research and development.
Published by Link Editions on the occasion of the exhibition "F.A.T. GOLD Europe" curated by Lindsay Howard at MU, Eindhoven (November 15, 2013 - January 26, 2014), the book is co-produced with F.A.T. Lab and MU.
Edited by Domencio Quaranta and Geraldine Juárez.
*Available on-line for free.
*On demand: editions.linkartcenter.eu
*Printed Limited edition: MU.nl
Prism Break Barbie is a solution for girls who want to protect their data beyond just encryption.
The Barbie is equipped with a 3-inch and .6 ounces concealed spring-loaded spike which can be activated by hand or by sitting the doll on a USB or SSD drive. The spikes force when triggered will shatter hardware.
Google gives you free services in exchange of your personal data. F.A.T gives you free beer.
Party hosted in ALT CPH 13 with Science Friction for the launch of new Piratbyrån's book: Anarchival "The-end-to-end principle".
Projects by the fellows & friends of the Free Art & Technology Lab
"Release early, often, and with rap music"