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Expansible Structures

Like the graphics generated from data and information; like the
statistics of population density, the works in this exhibition have been
created almost anonymously by the result of a not-regulated interaction
of the internet user. The forms created from such operations are the
work that never is finished, since the diverse parameters which limit
these forms are in constant change. The results that appear here are
freezing of these mutual relations.

In this show three different projects appear that assume a modeller
practice from very different perspective. They approach his process
assuming the digital context from where they work, treating to assume
their interfaces as a possibly real use.

Created by the artist multimedia James Peterson in the e-era and where
the work daily coexists with the Sony Play Station and the music
reproducers in format MP3, The Engagement of Architecture is a
functional work that produces, in itself another piece from the
interaction between the public, the interface and the instrument. This
assembly of drawing-programming produced in architectonic animation is
from the preoccupation by the interaction in the creative process of
spaces; where the user or co-creator becomes an integral part of the
work. The result, spaces and structures conformed by digital drawings
and music obey to the emotional movement of the human being. The audio
on these works is produced by DJ K-Rad.

Library of Information Age (LIA)[],
created by Elena Alva, Katrin Kalden, David Serero and Esther Sperber of
the group Degre Zero is an attempt to shift the concept of library as a
fortress of knowledge and culture toward an interactive organism
organizing fields of information. The LIA does not contain information,
it is generated by information. The space of the library is built
dynamically by the user : Beneath the body of information, a "metasearch
engine" compiles the information from several databases (online/offline
libraries, databases, internet search engines, e.g.); The nodes and
relations within the information generate a 3 dimensional interface,
created on the movement and relative positioning of search parameters
such as keywords, ISBN, titles, authors. The indexing becomes one
variable in the generation of space.   The user defines his field of
interest, creates, manipulates, and customizes his personal "information
environment" (cross sections, flat, studies by levels, nodes, per year,
by syntactic relationships). Form mutates and dynamically responds to
the user's command. Built up from the lowest bits of information (URLs)
and from groups of keywords and concepts, the temporal alignments of the
interacting bits give structure to the library. This structure is not
fixed, it exists instead as an ephemeral alliances of connections.

Communimage []is a work in process of the group calc
and Johanes Gees that portrays, by means of images voluntarily
contributed by the Internet navigators, a moment in time. This work
began to being produced in June of 1999 and will leave the Internet
definitively in May of the 2002 in order to appear in the Expo.02.
Communimage, physically appears in the museum like a printing of which
it is until the 12:00 hours GMT of 16 of May of the 2000, the always
changing geographic form. Communimage works as a plastic work that
manages to create a collective work for our time and form of creation,
not just because of what the images represents but by the way of its
production. A functional work that is simultaneously an instrument and a

ESEX Expansible Structures, more than a network show, it operates like a
convoking organism of diverse projects that look forward, through the
interaction a mechanical and conceptual improvement, in the creative
processes of our daily urban life.

ESEX Expansible Structures, more than a network show, it operates like a
convoking organism of diverse projects that look forward, through the
interaction a mechanical and conceptual improvement, in the creative
processes of our daily urban life.   In this sense ESEX tries to be open
to collaborations that work under the same parameters marked by this
curatorial call. 

Mario García Torres

If you want to submit your project please send [title project, author(s)
name, project description (about 10 lines)] to, in order to make the link in these


Founded in 1996 in Paris and in New York, Degré Zéro is a research group
intended to present original projects dealing with Architecture,
Urbanism and Design. The designers of the LIA project Elena Alva, Katrin
Kalden, David Serero and Esther Sperber practice in a large range of
field, from architecture to urban speculation, from industrial design to
information technology. They collaborated with different organizations
to create several on-line projects : The Liquid Crystal Glass House
(, the InEx House, Informing Interiorities Vrml
prototypes (

The web site of Degré Zéro ( offers a multitude of
projects of architecture, and a newly created Dat[A]base (Digital
Architecture Archive) which is an online database of digital
architecture and speculations, based on digital fabrication processes
and computer generated forms. Degré Zéro's experimental projects address
the problem of production of architecture in the context of digital
technologies.  Information technology allows us not only to generate new
codes or new forms, but also to create a transition between abstract
data and operational systems of organization. Degré Zéro does not only
apprehend the Virtual as a material consequence of architecture but also
as a mean of articulating immaterial framework, with spatial or
territorial implications.

James Paterson studied art and multimedia in Nova Scotia College of Art
and Design. This Canadian has created the site Press Tube
(, organism that publishes his drawings in animations.
He is also co-creator of the open community Halfempty
( and of the musical hip-hop record label without
published discs Buck65 ( K-Rad is a DJ of the
post-electronics era. Some of their pieces of the 10 discs that have
autopublished can be found in format MP3 in (

calc is a group formed, by the moment by Teresa Alonso, Tomas
Scheidergbauer and Lucas Brunner, who works like a cultural laboratory
in where diverse products like designs, facilities, music, graphic and
computer works take place. CALC proposes as an artistic practice to make
an intersection between different fields for life form. CALC is also
conceived like an interactive sculpture where the processes of creation
and communication intersect between their members and their context. The
group has as it bases; house and factory, in the town of Navia, Spain

Johannes Gees is the producer of a number of online projects, both
artistic and commercial. He has developed the official website of the
Swiss national exhibition,, and is currently
co-producing a internet project called, which
will go online later this year and will feature new collaborations with
calc. Cyberhelvetia is an online contribution to the swiss national
exhibition expo.02. the authors are belleville ag
(; it is sponsored by Credit Suisse.

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