HANDSHAKE is a communication project including the
electronic network Internet. Realized as an interactive
room installation, it intends to be a communication
interface between electronic net and life-world.
Interested visitors, artists, media theorists and
practical workers, are invited to enhance the growing
space of information.
Prepared communications and perceptual experiments, on
a word or image basis, will refer to the cultural
characteristics of the participants.
Besides describing networks as (anonymous) space, you
also can understand them as organism-like structures.
The decentralized order of the Internet then refers to
a "connectionistic" structure, where the co-operation
of many single "neurons" produces an entire behaviour
with highly self-dynamic force. These structures are
after all determined by the interaction of human
beings, software and hardware, at which soft- and
hardware and the surfaces form the global constant
factors within networking interaction.
Which effect does it take, that people with different
cultural background, with distinctive patterns of
perception and behaviour, participate? Will these
differences become unimportant in the net? Will arise a
new collective matrix?
Everyone is involved in the process of communication:
as producer, recipient or observer. Inspite of
communication difficulties (restricted code) people
make themeslves understood sucessfully because of their
communicative behaviour. The human world of experience
mainly consists of objects and events with symbolic
meaning. This is valid for those signs especially
created for the transmission of ideas, but also for
other facts produced by nature or by man. In his
phylogenetic progress man learns the symbolic meaning
of his environment. For all that, the patterns of
interpretation differ from individual to individual,
and from one culture to another.
The symbols enable man to adopt behaviour and
experiences of others, of contemporaries as well as of
ancestors. Via the world of symbols, man gets into the
collective traditions of society. The social rules
guiding the individual behaviour - these may be
individal expectations or common systems of conventions
- are mediated by symbols.
The arrangement with the environment via symbols is the
main characteristic of human action and thinking. An
operational strategy for the research of social reality
starts from marks of textual or visual utterances and
concludes marks of a non-manifest context. And this is