This is a video recording of a performance by Esferobite at the CGAC. It is part of their project as CODECO (codified-decodified-codified) and once again reflects on the functioning of digital technology and the possibility of their translation into analog format. In this instance, the performance takes place during an exhibition opening and recreates the functioning of electronic mail by using actual human messengers to move the messages. A central re-distribution unit is erected and all the digital protocols are translated into analog format. A process which for many people is highly abstract and immaterial is hereby materialised.
The video records the process by which the guests who gradually arrive at the museum are given a pin (IP) and a form to fill in and write their messages. Once the information is defined and the message receptor identified, the assistants look for one of the messengers to hand over the message. It is then taken to the central unit which re-distributes the messages among the messengers. These then look for the person who the original message was addressed to. Once the individual is identified, she is handed over the message (e-mail) and can then decide whether she wants to answer it or not.
This complex system includes the transmission of attachments (packages, presents, images...) which are distributed all over the museum floor. In this performance CODECO reveal their interest in breaking down and understanding digital processes and turning them into tangible entities. The black box which the Internet has? become, is in this exercise turned into a comprehensible system, the protocols being simple guidelines that one can easily follow. Part of the mystery, the most mesmerising part of the technological edifice, is hereby disclosed suddenly and openly. It is as if, in this performance, the magician was revealing the secret to his tricks.