Technology comes with no moral compass. It’s neither good nor bad. It’s simply what you make of it, and that’s where the compass spins wildly. What is our relationship to technology and what do we want to do with it? It’s there for everyone, and its applications are changing every second. In the clusters below the cloud, people are thinking about where we are and where we can go. Have we reached the reality of everyone’s empowerment through inclusion in the social network, or is that a mass hallucination?
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Giselle Beiguelman is a media artist and professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo. Her work includes interventions in public spaces, networked projects, and mobile art applications. She has exhibited internationally at art venues like ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), Gallery @ Calit2 (UCSD, US), and the São Paulo Biennial. She is Editor of seLecT magazine and the author of many books and articles about contemporary nomadism and digital culture practices. Her website is desvirtual.com.
Carlos Leite is an architect and urbanist. He is a professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism and Coordinator of Smart Informal Territories Lab, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, and has been a visiting professor and lecturer at several schools in the US, including Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia, and Parsons. He has also taught in Canada, Barcelona, and the Netherlands. Leite is Principal at Stuchi& Leite Projetos & Consultoria, and the author of Cidades sustentáveis, cidades inteligentes (Sustainable Cities, Smart Cities), published in 2012.
Jillian C. York is Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her work focuses on free expression, particularly in the Arab world. She has written for a variety of publications, including Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, and CNN. York recently contributed a chapter to the volume Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society (2013).
Arto Lindsay is a composer, singer, guitarist, artist, and producer. He has recorded eleven solo albums as well as a variety of albums with DNA, Lounge Lizards, Golden Palominos, and Ambitious Lovers. He has produced records for Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, Laurie Anderson, and David Byrne, and collaborated with artists such as Vito Acconci, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Lindsay also creates performance installations and parades. Combining a variety of elements (music, technology, choreography), the parades began as a collaboration with Matthew Barney and continue today with one recently generated for the 33rd Panorama of Brazilian Art at São Paulo’s Museum of Modern Art.