Friendship Book

Sat, Sep­tem­ber 5th 2015, 12:00 – 19:00
Inter­net Yami-Ichi, Ars Elec­tro­ni­ca Fes­ti­val, Post­Ci­ty, Linz

The Japa­ne­se art collec­tive and self-pro­c­lai­med secret socie­ty IDPW hosts an Inter­net Yami-Ichi – an inter­net black mar­ket – during the Ars Elec­tro­ni­ca Fes­ti­val 2015 at the Post­ci­ty in Linz. The Inter­net Yami-Ichi is an one-day flea mar­ket to sell pro­ducts from the inter­net face-to-face in real space. Flea mar­kets and the inter­net are con­nec­ted with their pen­chant for cha­os, fana­ti­cism and gor­ge­ous useless items, says the secret socie­ty IDPW. The Inter­net Yami-Ichi wants to trans­form this essence of the inter­net, the wis­hes and desi­res of the peop­le which are pushing it, into rea­li­ty. It will be a cele­bra­ti­on on enthu­si­asm and on the ide­as of the inter­net – but off­line. After IDPW has brought this black mar­ket of punk capi­ta­lism to Tokyo, Ber­lin, Bru­xel­les and Ams­ter­dam, Linz will be the next sta­ti­on.

qujOchÖ is rep­re­sen­ta­ted at the Inter­net Yami-Ichi by Tho­mas Phil­ipp, toge­ther with Eva Maria Drei­sieb­ner, with their pro­ject FRIENDSHIP BOOK, a remi­nis­cence on fri­endship books which have been hea­vi­ly used by young peop­le some years ago. Mean­while per­so­nal notes like the­se have been trans­for­med main­ly to soci­al media plat­forms. qujOchÖ makes an attempt on the ana­lo­gi­za­ti­on of this digi­tal phe­no­me­non. For this an inge­nious method is used to get data from the visi­tors of the fes­ti­val and sell them back as prin­ted fri­endship books at a later time.

(Pho­tos: qujOchÖ, Ars Elec­tro­ni­ca)