Marcos Weskamp
Since 2003
Works in Shibuya Japan

Born in Argentina, graduated graphic designer in Tokyo Designer Gakuin College in 1999. Self proclaimed Artist, illustrator, Information Designer, web technologist. Mostly interested in the fields of Information Visualization, Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Network theory and Online Social environments Design.
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Re: Re: social circles

Hi Ele,

thanks for the heads up. When I looked back at it this morning, seemed the
database had crashed.
I just restored it and should be working properly. - data right there is
slightly old, so it will take a while until it shapes again as it was
looking like a couple of days ago.
the url hasn't changed:

Your project seems super interesting though, please let me know if you need
any help with it!

best regards,


----- Original Message -----
> Hi Marcus,
> I've tried to launch your site - but it doesn't seem to be working. I'm
interested in your project as I am planning on making a 6 degrees of
separation web based map of an existing network of net activists and
socially engaged visual artists, some of whom do not use the internet...
> Is there a direct link you can send me to view your site?
> Ele


Re: you are being mapped

Hi there, sorry for the gap between mails.

Justin said:
>Well that's the coolest thing I've seen all day.
well, thanks a lot. Still trying to forget the cool factor out of it, I hope
it helps in coming up with mental images of this spaces, normally completely
hidden to the eye. That was the main idea that moved me into this project.

>And I'm in the center! Ha!
and now you guys pushed me to the center of the stage!
:totally blushed, upraises his shoulders and looks down to the floor

>That's odd, because my "day job" is working on a mailing list manager:
>If there's anything you'd like to integrate in the application level of my
>MLM, like some sort of interesting API, let me know :) It may make an
>interesting side project, as I'm going to be beefing up the Discussion list
>support of it in a few weeks time.
good one!. Well I'm not sure how we could work on that, I've been kinda
bussy latelly and I can't really commit myself into other projects right
now. I could give you an API for that and give you the source for the
project. Problem is it works mainly on CFMX+mySQL, and your stuff seems to
be pretty different. Well, maybe we could somehow figure it out, email me
offlist [mail at] if you are still interested.

t.whind said:
>I have one question, do you consider this to be art? software? software
>art? net art? Not that it matters much, it's an interesting piece of
>socio-cultural software IMO, but I was curious as to how you approached
>it or contextualized it for yourself.
I definitivelly consider this driven by non-academic research based
on academic research by a postmodern non academic self addressed artist.
still, my main interest was not really creating pretty flying circles, but a
visually interesting installment driven by live data produced by real
well, I guess... I wasn't really sure about what this all was untill I saw
it working myself:)

>Are you mapping other lists? which ones? can others use the tool to map
yups, you can select other lists from the dropdown on the top left of the
I'm still asking people around to send me suggestions on other lists they'd
like to see, so If you have any potentially interesting one, please let me

nikola said:
>Voluntarily participation in different kind of "social action"(answering on
>every kind of question)suit nice to cyber space.Singularity is replaced
>general scanning,instead recognized personal image people agree to be part
>of social DNK.Interesting!
those are really wise words nikola. I'm not really sure If I understand it
thouroughly, though, but I guess you should say thanks.
:grabs a handfull of MUCK and puts it into his mouth.




you are being mapped

Dear rhizomers,

notice: All email sent to this list is being confiscated and analized.

Which are the dynamics of mailing lists as social groups? How do they
organize themselves? Who are the main speakers and who the most socially
visual persons in those groups?

Ever wondered how the rhizome list would look like if you wanted to draw a
map of it?

All emails to the list are beeing plotted as they happen, which makes these
diagrams almost *live* snapshots of the current status of the lists.
Although on the works is a version which will let you see straight into your
inbox, in the time beeing if anyone has further ideas on lists you'd like to
see, please drop me a line.




Habitat Perspectives

Habitat perspectives is an online instalation that atempts to visualize
spatio-temporaly the places we inhabit. Through GPS-capable mobile phones,
participants will be posting geocoded images to an online shared space which
starts as a black canvas. As participants post more and more content, a map
of the city, and the map of each of the participants "places" will slowly
start emerging.

One of ther reasons why Tokyo is such a mess as a city is that it is a
tangled mess of intertwining main streets intersected and crisscrossed by
back alleys and side streets.
Specially when you don't own a car, and you mainly travel by subway as most
other citizens, one of the biggest problems you get in such a place is that
you never get to mentally visualize the relationship among all the places
you usually hang out at. You only know about "islands" in the city; you get
in the subway in Shinjuku island, you pop-up in Shibuya island. The more you
move around those spaces you'll slowly start turning them into
neighborhoods, along with your own personal networks of places. If you asked
a group of people to draw you a map of the city, you'll notice that all of
them will be inevitably different - each of them will have their own
particular perspective of their habitat.

This is currently work in progress, so as time allows, I'll be adding more
functionality to it. Also, I'm currently looking for participants, so if you
are interested in popping up in there, please don't hesitate to drop me a
line: [ mail at ]