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In times when algorithms are used to alienate us and music is reduced and consumed as “content”,a group of ravers and musicians use algorithms to bring people together in dancefloors,perform music and live code experiences to make music taking place.

I’m stoked ’bout giving my F.A.T NIKA 2014 (.tidal .gif version) to one the best things that has happened to music and dancefloors in the 21st century:ALGORAVE (Ardisson,Benoit and The Mandelbrots, Alexandra Cardenas, LiveCodeLab, Sick Lincoln, Norah Lorway, LUUMA, Meta-ex, Mico-Rex, Renick Bell, Section_9, Shelly Knotts, Yaxu/Slub/AlexMcLean, Yee_King). Thanks for the code, the music, the dance and looking forward for more party in general!♥

**F.A.T. NIKA 2014 .tidal .gif Algorave award page  this way**.

About Algorave

Algorave is made from “sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive conditionals“. These days just about all electronic music is made using software, but with artificial barriers between the people creating the software algorithms and the people making the music. Using systems built for creating algorithmic music, such as IXI Lang, overtone, puredata, Max/MSP, SuperCollider, Impromptu, Fluxus and Tidal, these barriers are broken down, and musicians are able to compose and work live with their music as algorithms. This has good and bad sides, but a different approach leads to interesting places.

This is no new idea, but Algoraves focus on humans making and dancing to music. Algorave musicians don’t pretend their software is being creative, they take responsibility for the music they make, shaping it using whatever means they have. More importantly the focus is not on what the musician is doing, but on the music, and people dancing to it. Algoraves embrace the alien sounds of raves from the past, and introduce alien, futuristic rhythms and beats made through strange, algorithm-aided processes. It’s up to the good people on the dancefloor to help the musicians make sense of this and do the real creative work in making a great party.

About F.A.T NIKA

The F.A.T NIKA is a Fake Gucci for the attention economy.

“The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the most important yearly prizes in the field of electronic and interactive art, computer animation, digital culture and music”. It is a handmade wooden statuette – copy of the Greek Nike of Samothrace – plated with gold. “Prix Ars Electronica” is a phrase composed of French, Latin and Spanish words, loosely translated as “Electronic Arts Prize.” (Source: Wikipedia.)

F.A.T NIKA is a freestyle copy of Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica. It is a 3d modeled object statuette, copied from Wikipedia images of the Greek Nike of Samothrace and Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica.

This prestigious counterfeited award can be easily reproduced infinite times -digitally or physically-, customized and being used to recognize any expression you value (including yours!)– without being part of the the artificial sanctity of juries, curators and gatekeepers.

Download a copy.

F.A.T NIKA awards:

2012 F.A.T (Crystal Disco version)

2013 Computer Rooms by Goto80(FAKE GOLD version)

2014 ALGORAVE (.tidal.gif version)


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Posted on September 14, 2014


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/b/, F.A.T. style

For the last day of the Occupy the Internet Exhibition, we decided to go out with a bang, and occupy 4chan‘s Notorious B.I.B.—/b/ Image Board. As Evan put it: “exhibiting on 4chan is more exciting than exhibiting at the MoMA.”

The reaction thus far has been positive, ranging from:

“Good old social conditioning, by forcing users too associate the irrational emotion of ‘annoyance’ with a the abstract concepts of the movement, your m00t is nothing but a capitalist candy-ass using tactics devised by Edward Bernays… sorry to say guys… this is worse than FOX”



Oh well—we’ll make Fatties out of them eventually.

Thanks Jamie Dubs for the wicked CSS.

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Posted on November 4, 2011


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The Occupy the Internet Exhibition is now live on 866+ websites until the end of the day Friday (Nov. 4). Pour yourself some Champaign and point your browser to any occupied website.

Participating artists (view all gifs at full resolution here):
Aram Bartholl: (.gif)
Brad Downey: (.gif)
Constant Dullaart: (.gif)
Dragan Espenschied: (.gif)
Mark Jenkins: (.gif)
moot: (.gif)
La Quadrature Du Net: (.gif)
Olia Lialina: (.gif)
Jonah Peretti & Chelsea Peretti: (.gif | .gif)
Ryder Ripps: (.gif)
Rafael Rozendaal: (.gif)
Telecomix: (.gif)
Charlie Todd: (.gif)

Curated by Evan Roth

Coded by Jamie Wilkinson

Code for Occupy the Internet by Greg, Theo, Jamie and Tobi.
Concept development for Occupy the Internet by Theo, Jerry, Jamie, Greg, Evan, Aram, Tobi and Randy.

Update 11/2: we’re excited to welcome a GIF by Chris “moot” Poole to the exhibition.

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Posted on November 1, 2011


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Over the course of the last week, F.A.T.’s Occupy the Internet script has been installed on over 700 websites, serving up millions of animated gif protestors in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Opening this Tuesday at 9am EST is the Occupy the Internet Exhibition, where we’re temporarily replacing the current virtual protestors with new animated .gifs from a group of leading net artists, internet activists, street artists and comedians. To attend, go to any of these occupied websites.

November 1 to November 4

On and all of the 754 websites (and counting) currently running the Occupy the Internet script.

Participating artists:
Aram Bartholl
Brad Downey
Constant Dullaart
Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied
Mark Jenkins
La Quadrature Du Net
Jonah Peretti & Chelsea Peretti
Ryder Ripps
Rafael Rozendaal
Charlie Todd

Curated by Evan Roth

How to Participate:
Install the following code on your website (or any website for which you have access) before 9am EST this Tuesday.

Follow (or @fffffat on Twitter) for updates.

Code for Occupy the Internet by Greg, Theo, Jamie and Tobi.
Concept development for Occupy the Internet by Theo, Jerry, Jamie, Greg, Evan, Aram, Tobi and Randy.

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Posted on October 28, 2011


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