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train line surrounding Berlin’s city centre) as a literal vehicle for moving through a text-message based narrative: once a participant is invited to get on a train of the Ringbahn, a system you developed delivers him a message after each station he pass on their way. Every message is place specific, and what I found interesting here is the overlap between private experiences and public spaces. How did this concept fit into the context of such a peculiar city as Berlin? What was the content of the text messages you used?

Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup (Trying the Hand of God, 2009). They also produced various mobiletechnology based projects dealing with the construction of individual narratives in urban spaces (Hundekopf, 2005) and in relation to artificial intelligent agents (The Wrench, 2008), for which they forged their own open source textmessaging language, TXTML.

Knifeandfork:Berlin feels very multifaceted, full of cracks. We’re not particularly well-versed in its history, but the shifts are sudden and palpable as you walk or ride around. It’s hard to conceive of in totality, which is what makes the Ringbahn so nice as a survey of perspectives in the course of its circumnavigation. All cities should have that. As you ride you peer into all these worlds from the train windows, courtyards, interrupted streets, fences, water.The perspective on those spaces is inaccessible otherwise, and though they’re in plain view, it can feel very private, very lonely, to be a hidden voyeur, on the train that’s almost a panopticon.

I had the chance to meet Brian House and Sue Huang and I thought their work was perfect for an article on Digimag. This conversation clearly shows Knifeandfork wrk flow, and their modernity in placing on an intermediate, and extremley potential, border between software art and design Mattia Casalegno: Let’s start speaking about your last mobile technology artworks. In the Hundekopf project (Loving Berlin Festival, 2005), you used the city’s Ringbahn (the urban

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DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

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