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Simon Yuill
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[module 2] research and development
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee (Scotland), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Basel (Switzerland), Rochdale (England)
August 2004 - December 2004

Digitofagia festival, Sao Paulo



spring_alpha was presented as part of the discussion programmes at the Digitofagia festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 18th to 24th, organised by the Midiatactica group. The discussions covered topics such as Linux games development and autonomous knowledge projects.

Midiatactica's press release for Digitofagia:

The term "Digitofagia" (Digitophagy) was born out of an idea that united the concepts of Antropofagia (Antropophagy) and digital media. "Antropofagia" was a very important artistic movement in Brazilian culture that arose in the 1920's , following the Brazilian modernist movement. It originally meant the act of eating another human being, a practice of some Brazilian indians, who made it in order to "catch the enemy's power and courage", being this enemy another tribe's indian or the colonist. Such was also a metaphor - if we follow the idea of the creator of the movement, Brazilian writer Oswald de Andrade - for the sense of catching foreign information, in this case, from the European avant-gardes, and, by "digesting" it and mixing with the local circumstances, transform the results into something original. That also meant acknowledging the Brazilian indian and black heritages, in an avantgardistic reinterpretation. Antropophagy was of vital importance for the definition of contemporary Brazilian culture, as one can see by its rediscovery in the 1960's by the movement of concrete poetry and by the musicians from Tropicalism, who in their turn digested the universe of mass communication culture, pop culture and cinema.

The idea of a "Digitophagia" would be not only to rethink the antropophagic practice in the age of the computer and new media, but accomplish an antropophagy of the current tactical media practices by putting in interaction foreign and local groups, as well as by investigating the form that Brazilians deal with technology, whether it is through improvisation or through the famous Brazilian "jeitinho" (a local way of creating gizmos) in order to overcome technical and financial difficulties.

Another fact is that Brazilian cyberculture theoreticians are very unaware of their own reality, as much as the artistic universe ignores, in its majority, both the current activist practices of contemporary artists and militants and all the theorization that surrounds this practice. The goal of the "Digitofagia Festival" would be exactly to provide an interaction of such groups and lectures by theoreticians who broaden the debate and foment practices.


Previous projects by Midiatactica include the Midiatactica Lab (2003) - a tactical media festival, and the Autolabs (2004). The Autolabs were a series of free media and autonomous learning labs run in the favela districts of Sao Paulo using recycled computers running Free Open Source Software.

Midiatactica website: http://www.midiatactica.org

Many thanks to Ricardo Rosas and Giseli Vasconcelos.



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Autolabs leaflet Midiatactica poster
telecentro,
government funded free computer-access lab
recycled computers
in the telecentro
 
Sao Paulo on a Sunday