Interview with Marek Walczak at Synthetic Times – National Art Museum of China, Beijing 2008

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Noplace is a Net Art project focused on notions of Paradise and Utopia, by Marek Walczak and Martin Wattenberg, who work together under the name MW2MW. Walczak and Wattenberg reach out to unknown others with participatory ‘Web 2.0’ software and an algorithm to mine the public resources of the web…. systems and algorithms for soliciting creative participation in utopia/noplace, my space… Michael Shanks, Video as Social Agent. Wider access to technology and the internet have allowed a broad spectrum of people the opportunity to articulate and circulate their own experiences, ideas and beliefs. ‘More video material has been uploaded to YouTube in the past six months than has ever been aired on all major networks combined, according to cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch.’ These public archives have become an essential form of aggregated cultural memory. Those participating are leaving behind millions of temporal artefacts which are often taken up and reworked. Noplace reuses material uploaded to the internet under Creative Commons license, in order to create new and original works, designed around an individual’s input. Placing emphasis on the keywords or tags we use to describe those artefacts. When visiting Noplace online, people can input a current desire or future goal. The website constructs a downloadable movie based on a visitor’s ideal sentence. Images and sounds are pulled from the Internet and used as raw data in the creation of visual narratives.