The first TERMINUS production test (the mixing of human ash and beton / molding) took place at Tweakfest in Zurich. Thanks to Adrien Rovero and Augustin Scott de Martinville for the very careful preparation and process yesterday evening!
I'm very happy: essential data for the capsule was transfered from California. Just in time delivery - directly from the Leary Estate! Thanks Denis Berry for all the efforts and for trusting etoy.CORPORATION. Thanks also Joi Ito, Douglas Rushkoff, ken/R.U. Sirius for support and Tom Sperrlich and the Tweakfest crew for their passion and fighting all the headwinds.
8g of Timothy Leary's remains were used last night. etoy still has 24g in its bank safe for further testing. We can either do two or three more updates of the technical setup and ceremony aspects. The test pilot story is not just an empty game. It was implemented to learn how to deal with ashes and the sensitive moments. Leary is a perfect helper and pilot because he died 10 years ago and was extremely open for experiments related to his own death and post mortem treatment. His family and friends are used to this experimental design /research that etoy is doing.
The feedback of the attending crowd was very positive. The "fake problem" and other misunderstandings were not really an issue. Despite my concerns, most people understand that etoy works very carefully and with deep passion on another level of media art.
Some people said the ceremony part could be more pilot-focused (means less technical and organizational...). Maybe this is true. I don't know yet. I need more distance. For the actual implementation of the TERMINUS (ash/beton block) tonight and the next test we can consider to process the material without saying anything and ask for complete silence. We could hand out information sheets that people can read (for those who have no idea what this is all about...) this way it's less like a presentation or performance.
For Timothy Leary, our first mortal remains test pilot, the approach was appropriate i hope. He was a researcher in the field of dying and afterlife. His role is to help us to test a new way of interaction between the living and the dead. I'm sure Leary likes the information madness and technical research part of his own "transfer".
Thank you Tim Leary for demonstrating your free mind - back in the time when our parents started to raise us and today, in the form of carbon molecules and giga bytes of knowledge and curage to go a step further!
more images here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chregu/sets/72157600263717353/
Today, the MISSION ETERNITY SARCOPHAGUS landed in Zurich. After the launch of the mobile sepulcher last August in San Jose, CA, the SARCOPHAGUS will be shown publicly for the first time in Europe on May 24-26, 2007. MISSION ETERNITY proposes a new way of remembrance by building a community of the living and the dead in the form of an art project that ventures beyond the ultimate deadline.
By invitation of the Tweakfest 2007, etoy opens the SARCOPHAGUS and integrates the first mortal remains of a MISSION ETERNITY TEST PILOT. In an online voting, etoy.SHAREHOLDERS decided to integrate the controversial thinker and pioneer Timothy Leary into MISSION ETERNITY. His ashes will enter the SARCOPHAGUS during a ceremony that involves the molding into a cement block (MISSION ETERNITY TERMINUS) scheduled for the evening of Thursday, May 24, and the transfer of the TERMINUS into the SARCOPHAGUS on Saturday, May 26.
The public is invited to attend the opening of the SARCOPHAGUS following the keynote speech of Steve Wozniak at the Tweakfest. After Zurich, the SARCOPHAGUS will travel to Motiers, NE/Switzerland, where it will be open to the public until September 2007. etoy would like to acknowledge the support of Tweakfest, Lista, Swiss Life, Migros Kulturprozent, and Canon Schweiz.
In a historical voting, the etoy.SHAREHOLDERS decided to include Timothy Leary into MISSION ETERNITY. As the first mortal remains TEST PILOT, Timothy Leary's ashes will enter the MISSION ETERNITY SARCOPHAGUS in Zurich next week (according to schedule). Representing 85.11% of the etoy.SHARES, 48 shareholders voted in favor of including Timothy Leary, 4 against, and 6 undecided.
etoy welcomes TEST PILOT TIMOTHY LEARY to the etoy.UNIVERSE! The discussion surrounding the voting can be read here.
This morning the M∞ SARCOPHAGUS arrived at Güterbahnhof Zürich 5AM. It was quit hard to finde the right white Cargocontainer. The delivery of the M∞ SARCOPHAGUS to Turbinenplatz is scheduled for Wednesdaynoon. Pickup is scheduled for 11am at Güterbahnhof.
This Saturday at Schauspielhaus, etoy presented our favorite accomplice for MISSION ETERNITY: Sepp Keiser. After another exhausting recording session, content on art and technology was added to Keiser's ARCANUM CAPSULE - another mile stone for MISSION ETERNITY. Thanks to the most professional tech crew at Schauspielhaus who implemented an awsome encapsulation box, and thanks to Gesa Ziemer's curating work for the evening.