This new department (sept. 2001) is dedicated to the practical and theoretical analysis of the mutations due the intense digitalization of the world. The programmers working on this department are then triyng to develop new software able to act as a membrane between ana and digi world.
Several sections will be set up in the following months. The first one SEZIONE MORBIDI* is already working and its first piece of software is WEBMUTANT [1.0], developed by Miguel Leal and Luis Sarmento for the Links/Liasons/Ligações Conference that took place at the Serralves Museum (Porto, Portugal, Nov. 2001).
*dedicated to Giorgio Agamben
Version 1.0 for Windows
Webmutant is an application which generates mutant binaries capable of surviving autonomously while infiltrated within a users computer, thus bringing together aesthetics and biology through the contingent condition which is inherent to both. The choice of a project which implies voluntary intrusion in a catatonic space (represented by an internet terminal), was deliberately taken by opposition to the totalitarian demands of a so called interactive technology. After downloading and configuring, this graphic cataloguer intercepts the users communications to then use the virtual geographical data of the visited places as coordinates for its own growth. In this sense, the solid crystals created by this application are a sort of individual cartography of the Web (or of a group, whenever the terminals are used by various people), reiterating the illusion of an all powerful and singular navigation of the internet´s oceans.