UPDATE `me` (2005)

The increased availability of cheap storage and content management systems (CMS) often makes us to think of data as something eternal. But digital data dies every second, making place for new bytes in a never-ending cycle. This process of destruction and construction is the dynamic canvas on which cultures and languages flow.

UPDATE me is an allegory of that contemporary phenomenon. It presents itself as some sort of digital, public blackboard that anyone can read, modify of erase. By contributing to the piece, the visitor has to destroy the work of other users: doing so reveals the frailty of her own creation that is, one day or another, to be replaced by that of an anonymous visitor.

By transforming an apparently stable interface into a constantly moving space that gives rise to all kinds of communication games, the software proposes a critical perspective on database technologies.

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The increased availability of cheap storage and content management systems (CMS) often makes us to think of data as something eternal. But digital data dies every second, making place for new bytes in a never-ending cycle. This process of destruction and construction is the dynamic canvas on which cultures and languages flow.

UPDATE me is an allegory of that contemporary phenomenon. It presents itself as some sort of digital, public blackboard that anyone can read, modify of erase. By contributing to the piece, the visitor has to destroy the work of other users: doing so reveals the frailty of her own creation that is, one day or another, to be replaced by that of an anonymous visitor.

By transforming an apparently stable interface into a constantly moving space that gives rise to all kinds of communication games, the software proposes a critical perspective on database technologies.

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