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Interactive app featuring Wikipedia terms related to Hybrid Arts.
Format
Web app
Exhibitions
Hybrids: On the borderline between Art and Technology, Onassis Cultural Centre–Athens, 2016
Paraphernalia
Demo
Source code

Screen capture of “jackalope” depicting the Wikipedia entry for Cybernetics.

Wikipedia reads: Hybrid arts is a contemporary art movement in which artists work with frontier areas of science and emerging technologies. In reality a single definition alone does not suffice. “Hybrid arts” is an umbrella term for a plethora of artistic practices, encompassing Digital Arts, Computer Arts, Bio Art, […] and Cybernetic Art practices.

Jackalope was created in the context of the Hybrids (2016) exhibition at Onassis Cultural Centre–Athens, and was projected alongside in the entrance hall of the exhibition floor, for the purpose of providing additional context to the works and topics discussed within

The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore, that is most often imagined as a jackrabbit with deer antlers. Several taxidermy specimens exist, a testament to the will of people to see their myths materialized. This elusive creature, a chimaera or hybrid in itself, brings to mind the quest for a single definition of modern artistic practices that tackle on issues of technologies and science.

The application draws from several related Wikipedia entries in English and Greek: Hybrid_arts; Computer_art; New_media_art; Relational_art; Participatoryart; Hybrid(biology); Postinternet; Alternate_reality_game; Hypermedia; Free_software_movement; Data_mining; Actor–network_theory; Cybernetics; Posthumanism; Cyberfeminism; Cyberpunk; Circuit_bending; Databending; Map–territory_relation; Information_theory. When a term doesn’t have a translation in the Greek version of Wikipedia, a short translated summary is displayed instead. The application’s code and several curated excerpts from prominent theorists run across the display.