Monthly Archives: March 2007

1th day of Upgrade!Salvador – des).(encontro

First day a preparation for Upgrade!Salvador was held at theater Gregorio de Matos.

MAP –> salvador-descentro

‘Upgrade! is an international, emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. While individual nodes present new media projects, engage in informal critique, and foster dialogue and collaboration between individual artists, Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following year.’

Disscusions on further tactics and strategic planing are held in the middle of exhibition showing jewellery of recycled plastic bottles.


Salvador has around 2.7 milion inhabitants and was the first colonial capital of Portugese Brasil in 16th century. It has the highest proportion of people of African descent in the country, and one of the largest black populations in the Western Hemisphere. Gilberto Gil, present Brazilian Minister of the culture is born in Salvador.

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Wikipedia (eng.) notices: ‘Tourists must be aware, though, that they will be the preferential targets of the pick pockets and thieves, and hence should dress like the locals do.’

Salvador sound

IP in Rio de Janeiro

IP is an autonomous space in the center of Rio with about 20 people working there from different areas: free radio, free software, indymedia, women´s rights, artists, organic food, popular carnival culture, clown army etc.

On Saturday 24.03. there was GentleJunk co. (Tanja) was VJing together with Bruno Tarin. Tanja said: “Earlier this day Bruno showed me a software PD so I decided to swich completly to this and with help of patches from build my own software for vjing.”

An video interview was made with IP member Anna Sobczak who also organised ‘Sharing Market’ (Feira de troca) in front of IP based on idea of exchange of goods and not money.

Later the same day, atCinemateca do Museum of Modern Art a program Americana latina em transe was orginized by Coletivo FELCO and CMI Rio. Americana latina em transe is a series of short and full lenght documentary movies about Latin America. Exceptional documetary was “La hora de los hornos: neocolonialismo y violencia” shoot in 1968. that is possible reference to simmilar modern movies with simmilar thematics.

Disscusing online music @ UFRJ

On 21th of March a disscussion, as a part of Chappa, was organized at UFRJ with the focus on online radios and podcasting

Chappa is devided in themes that disscus: music production in Rio, online radios and podcast, artists, new music and its independent market. Giuliano Bonardi was speeking about free rradio concept and principles of sharing.
Free radio network FRSM from Croatia was introduced and the network model disscused. ‘Podcasting association of Brazil’ members were disscussing possiblities of charging podcasters and podcasting alike, and observations about necessity for new laws about charging independent web sites with music downloads suggested. Overall feeling is that marketing and financial structures were domminating the conversation.

our “march” from conSerto

today is “march” 24th.

The existence of two words with same sonority but different spelling in brazilian-portuguese: concerto-conserto, became the metaphor for the discussion of this two meanings putted in the same layer. In portuguese “Concerto” means musical ritual and “Conserto” means “to fix” something.
Something is beeing lost since industrial “revolution” tossed us into a dimension where “technology” is generelly understood just as “devices” for “progress”.
Mankind has developed amazing skills in search for new languages. Computer Languages are something like Musical or Poetic languages. “Open Source” is a metaphor of a better approach for exchange cultural specificities that makes each individual a unique part of our universe.




(File International Electronic Festival) is electronic art festival sponsored by companies such as OI, one of the bigest IT companies in Brasil. FILE has been concerned with artist that use electronic art as media. Among others there were lectures and presentations by Ted Nelson

(inventor of Xanadu) who was questioning systems of browsing developed by PC and MAC industrie (folders and hyperlinking)

and Machiko Kusahara who presented ‘Device Art’, re-examining art-science-technology relationships.

She raised questions about technology and art used by some artist in Japan.

Of course, exhibition run in this way always has technical problems

Even if some of the artists and presenters mention free licencing and open source used in some works, it is more as a follow up to trend than an idea of collaborative and open work. General feeling was that technollogy in art means playfulnes and interaction for purpose of itself, fun and leizure, where artist have a role of (tech) specialists that will humore consumers and market their goods.

Radio Janela and Radio Interferencia

Radio Janela is project that works as radio transmission(s) decentralized from it’s source. It is mixture of multiple radio transmissions and street sound systems. Information (sound) comes from internet radio and is transmitted with small transmitters locally, using sound systems so it can be publicly accessed.
Radio Janela is Djadjah (Giuliano Bonardini) idea that he has been practicing with other people in Brazil.

Radio Interferencia (Radio Interferance) is another free web and FM radio project located in UFRJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro). Radio is powered by 50 watts transmitter and is accesible in some parts of the Rio.

On Wednesday 21th of March a program was aired on Radio Interferencia focusing on Free Open Culture exchange between Croatia and Brasil. Also, bands like Negativeland and concepts of plunderphonics were disscused.