few things I know about NEEN"
stands for NEENSTERS: a still undefined generation of visual artists.
Some of them may belong to the contemporary art world; others are software
creators, web designers and videogame directors or animators.
Our official theories about reality -Quantum physics- has proved that
the taste of our life is the taste of a simulation. Machines help us
feel comfortable with this condition: they simulate the simulation that
we call Nature.
You may open the door of your room, or you may click on a folder at
the desktop of your computer: both actions will send you to similar
destinations: two versions of reality, apparently impeccable and dense,
but which will dissolve after you start to analyze them.
While I speak to my mother in the kitchen of my apartment, a Sims couple
is having an argument inside the PC. In the television, SuperMario is
sleeping under a painting because nobody is playing with him at this
time. My mother is convinced that she has her son in front of her. Who
she is really talking to though, is a person that doesn't even think
in his mother language any more. (I start to think in Italian when I
move there from Greece).
is to NEEN what fantasy is to Surrealism and freedom to Communism.
It creates the context but it can also be postponed. NEENSTERS glorify
machines but they get easily bored with them and prefer to watch some
assistants operate them. They want to have a formal control though:
they will buy the newest products and they will watch as (the products)
will create momentum. What NEENSTERS mostly do, is teaching stuff to
machines. They will install programs to an empty hard drive. They will
animate a character and send him sit on a corner. NEENSTERS prefere
multiple operating systems: they want to try the same thing again and
again on different platforms. "Take the stairs and go back to get
the elevator". They find pleasure in the in-between actions. They
also love copying, in the same way that the city of Hong Kong multiplies
its most successful buildings. The same a little different: clothes
style and architecture, are for NEENSTERS significant as well as their
machines. They are great tools for their "surface navigation".
is not interested about identity, but NEENSTERS, may occasionaly use
it (their identity) as a password in order to receive priviledged information
The identity of a NEENSTER is his state of mind. Because he/she will
publish everything on the web, his/her state of mind reflects on the
public taste. NEENSTERS are public personas. If fantasy brought Surrealists
to ridiculous and revolution drove Communists to failure, it will be
curious to observe where computing will bring NEEN.
Miltos Manetas 2000