The Exhibition "I love you [rev.eng]", Digitalcraft
"I love you " is the first international exhibition devoted to the phenomenon of computer viruses. A unique feature of this exhibition is the idea of a wide range of possible meanings of computer viruses - from purely computer-related entities through inspiration to the means of artistic creative work. As part of the "I love you " exhibition, various inquiries into this matter are divided into historical, political, cultural and technical segments. The focal points are controversial relationships between computer security experts and hackers, net artists and programmers, literary experts and 'poets' of the computer code. Nowadays computer viruses are an integral part of our computerised everyday life. The damage to national economies caused by the more than 90,000 viruses that have already appeared worldwide runs into many billions. The independent US research institute Computer Economics puts the damage in the case of virus "I love you" in 2001 alone at 8.75 billion US $. But not all computer viruses are harmful. Computer viruses can also result from experimentation with (programming) language. “I love you ” is the first exhibition worldwide dedicated to the phenomena of computer security and computer viruses, and takes up both these aspects to carry out a controversial experiment with contemporary culture that goes far beyond current vehement debates on hacking. “I love you ” is divided into political, technical and historical areas of investigation and focuses on the controversial positions of security experts and hackers, of net artists and programmers, of literature experts and code poets. What actually is a computer virus? Who creates them, and why? What sort of world is hiding behind these everyday phenomena? The exhibition provides background information, presents artworks, and reveals the role of computer viruses as a destructive force and economic threat as well as an inspiration for creative art. "I love you “ is conceived and presented by the cultural organisation digitalcraft.org based in Frankfurt, Germany. "I love you " is improved and expanded version of the exhibition previously presented in June 2002 in Museum of Applied Arts Frankfurt, in February 2003 at the festival "transmediale 03" in Berlin, in Augustu 2004. in Museum of Communication in Copenhagen, Denmark. Producer of the exhibition in Serbia (The exhibition was presented during June and July in Novi Sad and in Belgrade): New Media Center_kuda.org, Novi Sad www.kuda.org/iloveyou www.digitalcraft.org/iloveyou Coproducers of the exhibition in Serbia: BELEF 06 Museum of Contemporary Art Novi Sad Museum of Contemporary Arti Beograd digitalcraft.org was founded in 2003 as a spin-off of the "digitalcraft" section of the Museum for Applied Art in Frankfurt am Main (2000-2003). Its mission is to research and document fast-moving trends in everyday digital culture and to present them to the public. Since 2003, digitalcraft.org has been an independent cultural organization under the direction of Franziska Nori. Its work includes interdisciplinary exhibition projects such as "adonnaM.mp3" (2003) on the phenomenon of file sharing, "Origami Digital" (2003) on the digital demo scene, public lectures and publications, and consultancies for public institutions and museums. The subjects it explores reflect the rapid development in communications technologies and methods and their significance for modern society.