more on derive

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Meanwhile news on other projects: click on the derive icon for further developments in Eduardo Cachucho’s Derive “urban exploration app”. Eduardo has been opening up the source code of the application making it available to all and eventually also open to personal interpretations and customisations.

“Dérive is a randomly generated way to explore a city. Influenced by the Situationist movement, it is meant to aid city-dwellers in finding new and un-charted areas of their city.” Eduardo Cachucho

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friday in FRAC

On Friday we had the opening of the Friday in F.R.A.C. exhibition organised by Nicoletta Daldanise, featuring works/performances by Cai Weidong, Eduardo Cachucho, Olga Karyakina and Özgür Demirci. Official photographs/film and texts of the works can be found in the FRAC and Unidee section of this blog.

(click on thumbnails for a better view)

FRAC matters

The UNIDEE residents are a busy lot, as well as working on their own individual and collaborative projects, there are several other group events throughout the 4 month residence for which they are also making new works. For example, there is a lot of extra activity this week as the first of two UNIDEE interventions in the FRAC space will open this friday… (see invitation above) The event Friday in F.R.A.C. is being organised by Nicoletta Daldanise, It will feature works/performances by Cai Weidong, Eduardo Cachucho, Olga Karyakina and Özgür Demirci. Anyone in the Biella area who is interested is welcome to come and join us for the opening here at Cittadellarte in the FRAC space this friday from 7-9pm.

measuring up…

eduardo cachucho

(photo mvp)

Since he has been here, resident Eduardo Cachucho has developed an urban exploration application that acts as a guide to a town or city, he has created one specifically for Biella, here is what Eduardo has to say about it:

(photos unless otherwise stated by Eduardo Cachucho)

In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, … and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there

(Guy Debord, Les Levres Nues #9, Nov 1956)

Dérive is a mobile application that aids a user in exploring their surroundings through the use of randomly drawn ‘task-cards’. These cards are refreshed every 3min creating a sense of urgency in the exploration for new objects, things, colours, people etc to follow, find, experience.

Influenced by the Drift Deck created by the Near Future Laboratory in 2008, Dérive allows a user to install the application to their phone and take the ‘cards’ with them wherever they are.

Please feel free to add your own cards by making a drawing and sending it to me, or merely suggesting new possibilities. I am making localised versions for specific cities. They will be added over time according to interest from specific parties. These localised versions do not include specific iconic buildings or objects, but rather center around cultural customs and architectural forms that can be found in the area. Currently Biella, Italy is already live, with plans for Johannesburg, South Africa and Italy, Milan under way.

Tested the app for the first time in the wild yesterday with Özgür Demirci, a visual artist from Turkey.

Project Specifics:

Compatibility – iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Card Count – 29

City specific – Biella, 12

meeting michelangelo

This morning a meeting with Michelangelo and the residents, with introductions to projects and some discussion, later he will show us around some of his artworks here at the Fondazione.

All residents will present their work during the next week or so and their proposals for the next 4 months work, we began with Eduardo Cachucho, who comes from a multidisciplinary background of architecture, graphics and video.

Ekaterina Kravtsova, experienced in various fields of graphic arts and film/photography
also presented.