Originally this piece (GogolChat by Christophe Bruno) was conceived as a multi-user chat where a fictitious character, named Gogol, lives. This character has a mythical status, since his speech tends towards the sum of all speeches of mankind. Hence, contrary to the usual chatterbots, it cannot be considered as purely virtual.
Gogol IS the web. He parses your words, mixes them with the whole web, digests and spits back.
After the completion of this work, the chat was "infiltrated" by jimpunk. Since then a quasi-permanent happening shifts the chat beyond the dimension of meaning and communication. Finally GogolChat became a collaborative piece mixing a purely textual work - the original GogolChat - with scripts and visuals changed by Jimpunk live.
Visit the project live : http://www.iterature.com/gogolchat/
Visit the best archives : http://www.jimpunk.com/golgotchat/