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Pollinaria 2009 press release

MISSION ETERNITY - PASSENGER ENCAPSULATION
Gathering individual human digital traces, noise and dust, to release them into eternity

Pollinaria, Italy, MAY 9-10, 2009 

Pollinaria, members of etoy.CORPORATION and key figures in the production of MISSION ETERNITY invite you on an eternal trip thru space and time. After an introduction into the conceptual and technical aspects of MISSION ETERNITY - etoy's attempt to hack the ultimate boundary (the deadline) - the etoy.AGENTS will assist each person to design and construct a MINI ARCANUM CAPSULE. At the end of the workshop a unique data collection of 32MB from each participant will be inserted into the MISSION ETERNITY STOWAWAY STORAGE. The system tries to keep the data alive forever by endless processes of copying in the social network of MISSION ETERNITY ANGELS (currently 1132 people who donate a part of their free hard disk space to the mission).

Each ARCANUM CAPSULE contains digital traces of one individual: voice samples, drawings, ASCII notes, photos, official documents or any other data that can be stored in open formats. The special kind of (self-)portrait is an artistic approach to learn more about electronic memory culture: collecting, selecting, storing, passing on or forgetting information. At the same time it is a tool to investigate afterlife, the most virtual of all worlds.

ARCANUM CAPSULES will travel time and space forever after the death of each PASSENGER.

At pollinaria etoy will exclusively provide the technical equipment and know how to record an electrocardiogram (ECG) that will constitute an additional resource for the MINI ARCANUM CAPSULES. The goal is to develop an artistic manifestation, installation, webapplication or story that deals with this fundamental set of live/life data.

The visual representation of information, in the form of an ECG, is the exact equivalent of an artistic drawing - it prompts for a response from "others", as the result of the expression of our deepest manifestations of existence. Therefore, the ECG report is one of many fundamental components of a MISSION ETERNITY PILOT’s self-portrait. The cycle of transformations is extended into the digitalization of the ECG drawing and/or the digital storage of cardio-electrical information, so completing the ARCANUM CAPSULE, which may enable the reverse engineering of certain aspects of a human body travelling through time and space... for eternity.

Disclaimer: MISSION ETERNITY is an artistic venture that is highly questionable and requires open minded test pilots. Admission: ages 5 to 99+ years

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Sepp Keiser selected last resting place

On April 2, 2009, MISSION ETERNITY test pilot Sepp Keiser selected the pixel that will become his final resting place as it will hold the TERMINUS containing his ashes. Keiser chose a pixel with one of the screws that holds the SARCOPHAGUS together, thereby assuring that his supporting role for MISSION ETERNITY will continue. The performance was part of the Museum of Communication's Goodbye & Hello show involving etoy.



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Opening of Mission Eternity at "Goodbye&Hello", Museum of communication in Berne


«Goodbye Hello: Im Dialog mit dem Jenseits»

Many thanks to the mfk crew for the very kind reception!

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harvesting April 1st hoaxes for future technologies

As in many years previously, on April 1st, a new RFC has been published: http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc5514.txt

Obviously, it's a hoax. "IPv6 over Facebook" is not something anyone is gonna actually believe in, or even implement. But wait: the idea behind this joke is actually quite a good one: define an ipv6 prefix and assign another computed value to the rest of the address. What the hoax doesn't provide is working routability and compatibility with the existing ipv4 internet.

If you think the idea is ridiculous, consider this:

Some men see things as they are and say, ‘why?’ I dream of things the way they never were and say, ‘why not?’"
- Robert F. Kennedy, after George Bernard Shaw

The concept of computing new, dynamic ipv6 addresses is actually available in practice through the Teredo standard. There are different implementations out in the wild, one of which is free: Miredo. Teredo provides both global addressability and routability! And it is compatibe to the existing ipv4 internet infrastructure.

So how to use this technology for a social network, wherein every user/participant will receive a globally unique, dynamic and routable ip address? Simple, just make miredo part of the peer-to-peer software and make sure to enable ipv6 in the operating system.

This is what etoy.CORPORATION has implemented in the ANGEL APPLICATION. The ANGEL APPLICATION NETWORK, an arcane network of computers, is loosely connected via the internet, safeguarding and sharing digital fragments of MISSION ETERNITY PILOTS. The individual ANGELS are technically routed over the existing internet via virtual ipv6 addresses, just as the RFC hoax suggests. This is loosely documented in the ANGEL WIKI.

This april fools hoax is very interesting in the sense that ideas, be it for jokes, can turn out to be real world concepts/products that help us find new ways for experiencing culture, emotions, rituals, belief, life and death.

Timothy Leary's last words are reported to have been: "Why? Why not? WHY NOT? Why not? Why not? Why not?" and later, "Beautiful."

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