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“No, no. He’s been dead for decades. This was just inspired by his aesthetic. This is actually a machine. Or inside it is. It’s a storage unit.” - The Circle by Dave Eggers
Blue Vessel, by Liliana Farber, is a mobile web app that creates a delineated experience of browsing knowledge and writing stories of conquest and survival. Hosted on a server located on a flag-less ship, drifting on international waters, the app invites users to write anonymous web messages by selecting words solely from the book "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe. The written message then becomes a URL, to be found by chance by an unsuspecting viewer, or never found at all. Like a contemporary 'message in a bottle', the words are sent with hope of being discovered; it is within this periphery that the act of submitting information becomes futile, and where questions of being seen or never seen at all lie in a state of limbo.
The user can also learn survival skills from website links in a browser that decomposes with each scroll movement. Although the links are still active and accessible, the letters on the screen float and bump into each other, and ultimately become unreadable.
Whether our most deep confessions are influenced by machine learning algorithms’ word suggestions, or adventures are postponed for endless labyrinthine research, the virtual world is reshaping our relation to the real one. Sentiments of disconnections, even frustration among the users, are coins used by
the artist to highlight the information systems, and the power of their interfaces. In this work, Farber takes the user on a voyage across the unseen spaces of digital
communications. Through the redesign of the familiar features of a mobile app, Blue Vesse uses smartphone technologies as active agents in URL and IRL interactions, and explores new ways of Colonialism in the Internet era.
Blue Vessel by Liliana Farber continues Arebyte artistic and curatorial investigation into social relationships and into our human experience as affected by new digital technologies. This work continues the use of App Art, smartphone based artworks which are meant to be experienced on mobile devices, on the go, one on one, you and your phone.
Storage-Un.It can be found at www.storage-un.it and Blue Vessel can be found at http://bluevessel.online.
Born in Uruguay, lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Liliana Farber’s works question the hierarchy of knowledge and the consumption of data. They explore the complex relationships between pieces of information and their relation to personal and collective memory, by scrutinizing the ways in which visual information is stored. Farber is creating software that manipulate masses of collected materials from the Internet, capturing the tension between the recognizable image and abstraction that derives from the abundance of information, carefully eliminating the element of specification.
Farber had participated in numerous exhibitions around the world, including: Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, WRO Media Art Biennale in Poland, FILE Festival in Brazil, Ex-Teresa Art Center in Mexico, The National Museum of Visual Arts and Gallino Museum in Uruguay, MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico in Spain, National Museum of Fine Arts in Chile and more.
Blue Vessel was made with support from The Israeli Emabssy
Storage Un.it is a small project space located in a storage unit @ arebyte Gallery. The space features a series of projects which take place online and investigate the relationship between the URL & IRL.
The space was initiated in Nov 2015 as part of 'The Wrong' the online Biennale with the project dystrophies.com which looked at the transformation from analog to digital formats.
For our online residencies we have partnered with New Hive a multimedia publishing platform.
We provide a blank space and custom tools to simplify the process of creating rich multimedia experiences on the web.