Computer viruses are part of our culture. At least that’s
what the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Frankfurt says. Its
division digitalcraft has put together an interdisciplinary
exhibition on these bugs.
"I love you - computers_viruses_hackers_culture" takes a
closer look at 30 years of computer virus history and its
technical development. It seeks to show the connection of
viruses as a factor of economic threat and as an element that
gives momentum to art.
"In a society of communication and information, dealing
with computer viruses belongs to everyday digital life,"
Visitors to the exhibit can view an interactive database
containing several hundred emulated viruses - all made
harmless, of course. There are also demonstrations of the
effects of viruses, and what a monitor looks like after
Project leader Franziska Nori says "particular attention is
paid to the aesthetic component of the code creation".
"I love you" wants to show the aesthetic dimension of
computer viruses. One of the perspectives it takes up devotes
itself to the programming code as a unique language.
Digitalcraft says that, besides its
mere functionality, these codes have a high artistic and
"Comparable to the experimental poetry of the early
vanguard – Baudelaire, Rimbaud, the poétes maudits as well as
Apollinaire and the surrealists – code poets experiment with
this material of today’s information society."
The exhibition is accompanied by several expert talks among
web and software artists, literature specialists, free
software programmers, security experts, cryptographs and media