Hipo G / About relationships and frequencies in the Network Dream

Severino Alfonso Dunn, New York, October 2010

The article ‘Here’s the Pub, Church and Field for Public Sex’ published on October 7, 2010 in The New York Times, points out the concept of “dogging” regarding the idea of having sex in public with people you have met online. It is becoming a usual practice in many places around the globe. People meet in the web, search and share common practices and then decide to take them into physical consideration in places where many have agreed on as being the perfect scenarios for those activities. Sex is the question in this case, but if we consider a different activity we will acknowledge that it fits in the same structure without changing its logic: artists designing a performance in the streets of London, Star Wars fans re-enacting their favourite scene at Washington Square Park in New York, etc.

There are different layers of information related to the new way in which relationships happen thanks to the network scope: connectivity of people, search of location, timing organization, search of interest, etc. All these vectors of information happened before the net-world began but they weren’t as free, open and vast as they are now. And they are also under constant revision due to the “natural” forces that guide the social networks. In the Network Dream the revision of events and spaces should rearrange itself faster and more efficiently avoiding unnecessary impact on society with completely different schedules.

Is the network going to modify the question on legal boundaries? Is it going to improve the conditions within the pallet of freedom of expression in everyday life? The Network Dream is seen as a virtual tool capable of optimizing space and time where the world could adapt and sustain various events without merging (if not compatible). Like architectural software testing a project on how it could improve its original design to meet with economic compatibilities, solar ambitions, structural logic, etc.

We only need to set a parameter of event...

 ¿Optimizar o cambiar?: eduardo
Lo que ahora necesita urgentemente la humanidad es inventar nuevas formas de vida. Y la Red es una herramienta fundamental porque abre fantásticas posibilidades de creatividad al facilitar a enorme escala la comunicación, intercambio y colaboración entre nodos cualesquiera. Condición: que su eficacia continuamente optimizada no sea ni excusa ni tapadera para la segmentación y privatización de este territorio, reduciendo la inteligencia colectiva peligrosamente por debajo del umbral que necesitamos.

 ADA: Revolution
Every big change in history results in an influence on our morality. What was illegal in the 60’s –divorce, for instance– is accepted nowadays. In the same years, young people used also to smoke LSD, live in communities and make love freely, but this hasn’t changed the law. The network is for sure bringing revolution to our lives, but how can we consider long-lasting what is happening only in England now rather than a temporary fixation?

Kayzad Shroff: Frozen for 6
A prank on a grand scale. 207 people gathered at Grand Central Station in New York City, collated through a high frequency Network Dream summoned by ImprovEverywhere, orchestrated a 60 second freeze act. A scene perhaps rivalled only by 111 No Shirts at Abercrombie & Fitch.

The border between ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ is becoming more and more blurry. Activities from the network are finding easy translation into real life events. The internet is a great source of information and a place where people sharing the same beliefs can easily meet. We can observe an example of this in the current riots in Middle East. Tunisia’s protests against its authoritarian government inspired democratic rallies in Egypt, where local authorities considered blocking Internet access in the whole country as effective a way of defence as physical battle.