David Casacuberta & Marco Bellonzi

G.U.N.

Abstract:
G.U.N. What does G.U.N mean? It stands for Global United Network. Of course, that means nothing. This is a common trick in corporative media. Lots of words and expressions like “teleworking”, “information society” or “transculturality” are used for intellectual masturbation, like dildo-memes; they are in a context in which they are devoted of any meaning. They are used only as formal memes. The expressions are transmitted, but no meaning is attached to them. We have developed a semantic network to infuse these memes some meaning. Feel free to browse these words so we can use them in a revolutionary way, that help people to enpower their lives.

Biography:
Marco Bellonzi consider himself an electronic agitator interested both in electronic arts and cyberrights. He started his career as a musician in Italy, 1980 with the punk-rock group “Damage”. Immediately he got very interested in electronic music so he formed his own band “Imago Mortifer” in 1981. In 1984 he moved to Barcelona. There, in the mythical dance-club 666 met Spanish people with similar interests and create “Opificio”, an industrial music band. Between 1985-1986 he switches into musical performances in art galleries in Barcelona. In 1987 he formed the group Virus23 the industrial-techno cult band which combined hard-core music with live performances based in William Burroughs” narrative. The band activity lasted until 1990. After four sabathical years for reflection, he met David Casacuberta and decided to move into net.art and cyber-culture. They started the fanzine Global Drome in 1995, a pioneer webzine devoted to digital culture, net.art and cyberrights. In 1996 they become founding members of Electronic Frontiers Spain (FrEE) a leading group in Spain related to civil liberties and rights in Internet, such as freedom of expression, information and privacy. As a digital artist, he has created works such as “O Cangaço do Santo File”, “Fingiéndolo” “Genetic Hacking Manifesto” among others. He also works as a graphic web designer for several companies. Recent Work: 1997-today Co-editor of the e-zine globaldrome (http://www.globaldrome.org) 1998. Exposition mixed technique. “Larga vida a la carne nueva” Gallery/Bar “El Otro”. combine elements obtained from trash and electronic equipment, to generate a deep impression of desolation, grief and loath. 1998-today. Co-editor of the newsletter “Cibercultura” an electronic bulletin about digital culture in Spanish1999 “Zen Garden” installation for Net.Condition Invited artist for the presentation of Syndicate in ZKM. The work is based on an idea of Marco Bellonzi and developed by a team of artists. 2000 “DJ El Niño” artificial intelligence installation presented at Z2000 festival in the Akademie de Künste. Berlin Conferences November 1999 “Arte e inteligencia artificial” in Taller de Cibercultura y Arte Electrónico (TCAE) Malaga University. March 2000 “Cyberpunk”. In the “Postgrau d’Introducció a l’Art Comtemporani”. Autonomous University of Barcelona. Prizes 2000 Werkleitz biennale with G.U.N. (Global United Network): http://www.kulturserver.de/home/canga David Casacuberta is a philosophy professor in the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). His current line of research is the cognitive and social impact of new media and he has published several papers about the subject both in electronic and printed format. Currently he is the secretary of CPSR-Spain and a member of the directive team of Privaterra, an NGO to teach human rights organisations to secure their communications and their computers. He was also the former president and founding memeber of Fronteras Electrónicas España (FrEE), an NGO devoted to electronic civil rights and liberties in Spain. He is the main editor of globaldrome, an e-zine about digital culture and has a weekly cyberrights column in kriptopolis a websited related to security issues. Main publications: Books: 2001: Cinco enigmas y cien preguntas sobre la mente humana. Autor: David Casacuberta. Barcelona. Ed. Océano 2000. Qué es una emoción. Autor: David Casacuberta. Barcelona. Ed. Crítica. 2000. Manual de prácticas de filosofía de la ciencia. Autores: Anna Estany i David Casacuberta. Barcelona. Ed. Crítica. Book chapters: 2001. “Hacia una definición progresista de las nuevas tecnologías de la información” en José Maria Roca (ed.) Imaginación democrática y globalización. Madrid. Ed. Catarata. 2000 “Percepció” a David Casacuberta i Joaquim Llimonero (eds.) Cognició i emoció. Autores: David Casacuberta i Modesta Pousada. Barcelona. Edi UOC. 2000. “Emoció” a David Casacuberta i Joaquim Llimonero (eds.) Cognició i emoció. Autores: David Casacuberta i Joaquim Limonero. Barcelona. Edi UOC. 1998. “Parsing Unrestricted Text into Prosodic Units”. A Current Issues on Mathematical Linguistics II. Carlos Martín Vide (ed). Autores: David Casacuberta, Rafael Marín i Lourdes Aguilar. John Benjamins.