Today is a Sunday: Nov 22 2009. That's 11/22/09 -which can be read also as 11/22/33 (9= 3x3). It is the very last day of the Venice Biennial and also the last chance to visit the InternetPavilion, which is hosted at www.PadiglioneInternet.com.
From tomorrow, the Internet Pavilion will be closed and it will re-open again for the next Venice Biennial in two years.
Still, there is enough time today for a few more hours at least, to make something historical happen inside the Pavilion. Its up to you really, up to any of us.

Speaking for myself, I believe that what's possible, what "can be done", has nothing to do with "technology". Technology-as Wikipedia says- is "a broad concept that deals with human as well as other animal species usage and knowledge of tools and crafts, and how it affects a species' ability to control and adapt to its environment". In that sense, computers aren't really "technology": dogs and other animals can't use them. The Internet isn't technology either, plants can't grow there. Computers at their present stage are more similar to rocks and stones and the much hyped "Internet" is a little more than some kind of dirt: some sort of desert dust that is covering a large part of the planet but not everything.

The InternetPavilion is at this stage the embassy of a country: the new country of the Internet inhabited by a very small minority (people who own computers are less than 1% of humanity). The "real" Internet Pavilion -the one we may decide to enter in two years from now, (or even later today, maybe just a nanosecond before midnight), could be the door to a reality where the World doesn't need a mediation, where you can send an email by just moving your lips instead of this ridiculous message that I am typing right now on a machine. There isn't anything "mystical" about this, we can actually try a little experiment at this very moment: Please, let go your computer mouse, relax back on your chair or on the sofa, wherever you are reading this text, close your eyes and draw two circles in front of your face using your right hand , one circle from the left to the right and the other from the right to the left. Then, open slowly your eyes and without using your computer, send a reply to this message.

Have a nice day

Miltos Manetas, 11/22/33


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