C5 @ Ars Electronica 99/openX
Ars Electronica - a Festival for Art, Technology and Society - was initiated in 1979 and focuses on
electronic art and media theory.
Festival: Life Science
With this year's Festival, Ars Electronica begins to focus on issues in the field of modern
biotechnology. This constitutes a reorientation, as well as the continuation of a practice with a
long history of success: namely, turning attention to those areas where conflicts develop in the
sphere of tension and interplay at the nexus of technology and society, and bringing art into play
as an interface and catalyst for the interaction involving science and the general public. Life
science - the term which subsumes modern genetic and biological technologies - has emerged as leading
contender to become the key technology of the coming decades.
openX is dedicated to art whose area of activity lies primarily in the immaterial communications
sphere of digital networks and which defies conventional forms of presentation.
C5 Project: SoftSub
SoftSub is a free software application that probes the organizational structure of a computer,
resulting in a summary of the interrelations between files, folders, system, and desktop
configurations. The application generates a small numerical data packet, detailing the organizational
structure of the client computer while running as a screen saver, which provides for dynamic mapping
of the directory structure and organizational methods. On completion, SoftSub opens a socket connection,
transferring the data packet into a C5 data bank. C5 knowledge representation and mapping algorithms
are applied, creating a profile represented as an iconographic sign, which is integrated into a nearest
neighbor profile mesh and cluster map presented on the C5 web site, allowing for comparisons of
organizational traits. Each profile depicts an ontology of organization enabled by the user.