[NetBehaviour] LX 2.0's new project by Les Liens Invisibles: Google Is Not The Map

Luis Silva silva.luis at netcabo.pt
Thu Nov 13 15:03:50 CET 2008

*For immediate release:*

Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea is launching tomorrow, *November 14th*,
*LX 2.0Project
*'s new commission, the piece* Google Is not The Map* by *Les Liens
Invisibles* (http://www.lisboa20.pt/lx20<https://webmail.netcabo.pt/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.lisboa20.pt/lx20>

*"The world is my idea": this is a truth which holds good for everything
that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it into reflective and
abstract  consciousness.

Arthur Schopenhauer from "The world as will and representation"

Since ancient times cartography has been used to describe the world as a
geometric ensemble of measurable points, lines, areas and
data-labels on a plane.
While the world slowly fades away in an increasingly multiplication of
self-representations, the map making process - missing its real reference -
becomes nothing more than an empty-meaning abstract practice: so, what do
all those maps stand now for?

In order to disclose this contradiction - or just to give a paradoxical
point of view about it - the imaginary art-group *Les Liens
Invisibles* has explored the world along its self-referential
techno-linguistic layers, moving through its hidden mechanisms and
forcing the grammar of its public-released API code.

Commissioned by *LX 2.0* - a project by Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporãnea and
curated by Luis Silva - *Google Is Not The Map (GISNTM)* is a collection of
over 35 *GeoPoeMaps*, a series of works in which ordinary maps become the
unusual surfaces used to disarticulate the perception of the world, to trace
new routes across the boundaries and to draw new imaginary geometries of the

*Les Liens Invisibles* (http://www.lesliensinvisibles.org/) is an imaginary
art group from Italy. It is comprised of media artists Clemente Pestelli and
Gionatan Quintini. Their artworks are based on the invisible links between
the infosphere, neural synapsis and real life.

Links and routes to nowhere
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

Google is not the map
> http://google.isnotthemap.net

A map is not the map
> http://map.isnotthemap.net (for credits, info and linear maps index)

Poetry is not the map
> http://poetry.isnotthemap.net (for silly poems about map statements)

Press is not the map
> http://press.isnotthemap.net (press area)

Contact is not the map
> http://contact.isnotthemap.net (contact area)

^ ^ ^ ^
A project by Les Liens Invisibles
> http://www.lesliensinvisibles.org

Commissioned by LX 2.0, a project by Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea
> http://www.lisboa20.pt/lx20/
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