[NetBehaviour] Turbulence Spotlight: "Community of Words" by Silvia Laurentiz and Martha CC Gabriel

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May 7, 2006
Turbulence Spotlight: "Community of Words" by Silvia Laurentiz and Martha CC
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The "Community of Words" is a 3D environment governed by the Theory of
Emergence. Users are invited to add their own words to the system thereby
becoming part of the community of words; they can interact with and navigate
the environment, and observe the actions of other participants.

One of the system's main characteristics is the feedback phenomenon that
happens while one navigates the 3D environment: the words already present in
the space influence other participants, who may interact with them and
create new texts in response to them. Participant characteristics such as
language, slang, or culture form completely different communities of words
and, subsequently, the words that emerge within them.


SILVIA LAURENTIZ: Professor in the department of Fine Arts at the School of
Communication and Arts, University of São Paulo, Laurentiz holds a PhD in
Communication and Semiotics and a Masters Degree in Multimedia. She is also
a graphics and multimedia designer; an artist who works in virtual reality,
multimedia and web art; an art and new technologies researcher; and a
speaker at art and technology conferences.

MARTHA CARRER CRUZ GABRIEL: An engineer with postgraduate studies in
Marketing and Graphic Design, Gabriel's Masters Degree in Art & Technology
is in progress at the University of São Paulo. Web/MM artist, professor at
the Business School and Digital Design Program of the Universidade Anhembi
Morumbi, and director of technology at New Media Developers (NMD), Gabriel
is the winner of 11 Internet Best Awards from 1998 to 2005 and a highly
acclaimed speaker.

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