Source Code as Open Code

The idea derives from the popular »open source« concept – and that stands for availability of information, cooperation and openness. Turned into a philosophy, it splashes out the limitations of the computer world, and is about to develop into an »open source culture.« Above all I would like to devote an exhibition to this culture, i.e. create a space with open data access, so that visitors can add new ideas to their knowledge, or just add their own contributions to the existing exhibits. Many complex phenomena are best described using simple objects. These can be arranged to form an installation, the image of a specific phenomenon can be created. The peculiar aspect of this installation is that visitors can change the code by their activities in the room.

This idea is based on Karin Sander’s work »XML – SVG Code / Quellcode des Ausstellungsraums.« Architects and designers render their spatial ideas into thrre-dimensional graphics. Any space can be described using this XML – SVG Code. An example of such a rendered space was visible at the ZKM. The source code can be re-entered into the computer, which means the space can be re-created and translated back, from character language into the image. The written space code is not a reflection of the space itself, but it creates its computational image. This is important for the idea of open source, since the code can be changed and one has access to the corresponding information. For me it is Karin Sander’s exhibit that most fully reflects the idea of open source as a philosophy spreading around the world.

This idea is based on Karin Sander’s work »XML – SVG Code / Quellcode des Ausstellungsraums.« Architects and designers render their spatial ideas into thrre-dimensional graphics. Any space can be described using this XML – SVG Code. An example of such a rendered space was visible at the ZKM. The source code can be re-entered into the computer, which means the space can be re-created and translated back, from character language into the image. The written space code is not a reflection of the space itself, but it creates its computational image. This is important for the idea of open source, since the code can be changed and one has access to the corresponding information. For me it is Karin Sander’s exhibit that most fully reflects the idea of open source as a philosophy spreading around the world.

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