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wPack wPack
wireless packages ][ distribution center
by I. Stromajer

wPack is a package distribution center built for the World Wide Web and the GSM WAP telephone. It contains compressed packages, files for strategically traumatic communication, establishing a continued sense of frustration, the effect of unreliable protocols and their connections: the package center operates wirelessly, but with a perpetual threat of a distribution mistake and disconnection. The packages are delivered only with difficulty, using awkward protocols, fragmented and mostly without purpose. They are full of impossible links which can be interpreted as a forcibly political future only beginning to step into our world of fragile connectivity. Even though the ludistic and irrational are taking over marketing strategies: they deliver exactly that which we already have, but we still return for something more. Opening the packages spurns on economic, social, intimate and political questions: who trusts an unordered package that has no commercial value?

wPack at 7Sins in Moderna galerija Ljubljana
The representation of wPack in Moderna galerija Ljubljana, exhibition The Seven Sins: Ljubljana - Moscow, December 2004 (complete project is awailable on-line: www.intima.org/wPack).

The organizational structure of the project is made up of stolen and surplus files, useless data, nonhierarchical connections. The project represents itself exclusively through already existing commercial protocols, but without being servile to them, opening up links between emotionality and technology, production and ethics. With the tactic of exposing the power of capital (which is based on the management and recognizability of connections dependent on the efficiency of protocols whereby disconnection is understood as a threat), wPack reveals the realistic politics of the connections: the packages are those elements which must remain hidden if the connections are to work perfectly.

The distribution of politics and intimacy without any reason and purpose, with the use of limited, incestuous, defined and controlled protocols is a dystopia and a nonservile revolt to the world of capital, which can be disarmed only with the use of its own incestuous tactics.

wPack was first exhibited at Ohne Schnur - art about wireless communication - exhibition organized by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - Department Kunstwissenschaften - Institut für Kunstgeschichte and Cuxhavener Kunstverein; Cuxhaven, Germany, April 2004

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