404 Festival Taiwan 2010 / Official Spot


The Festival 404, born in the city of Rosario in December 2004, is an independent non-profit organization whose main objective is to promote and spread artistic productions around the world in the field of electronic art, generating a production environment in which the authors are interrelated.
According to the organization, "the '404 Festival Taiwan 2010 / Official Spot' film investigates the genesis of a world created from information where success and failure becomes layered into an evolving urban landscape. This city is not designed through intentional desires, but rather by the proliferation of ideas and thus equating failure with success, each becomes their own thread in a tapestry of an evolving construct." This is so obvious that sometimes people forget it. It is very nicely put though. As is their manisfesto:
ERROR IS CREATION
MANIFESTO TAIWAN 2010
By Gina Valenti

We live in a system that allows mistakes only when the solutions can be found solely within it.
We live in a system to which we must abide by, except when we make art.

I've always dreamt with a world that doesn't fear to make mistakes, never about one that flaunts the fact of being right.

In a historical moment that privileges the appearance of new devices,
people have easily become used to assimilate ideas which haven't been conceived to be their own, when actually thoughts should be newer than the novelty.

Those who believe to be part of a large audience, think of technological means as the only way not to fall behind, ignoring that this behaviour is the worst way of moving forward, only delaying the invention of our next bonfire.

In error lies a combination of possibilities that avoid function. This is a quality shared with art, and its residual value consists in being unuseful, in its lack of practicity.

Error bursts onto the scene.
Objects fail on purpose, forcing us to contemplate their inherent creative nature.

The main purpose of every object is to fail, and by doing so, they turn into something more complete: the result of what we do and do not expect. It becomes a new object, with new features, that will travel through the path that maximizes it.

In a world where thinking is considered erroneous, thinking becomes a duty.
Error is creation.

You should really go to their website and check out the artists page. It is loaded with videos and other goodies. Here a sample of what you might find:


And remember: embrace the unintended consequences.

P.S. I just still haven't figured out why the slogan is spoken in Portuguese… "festival quatro zero quatro, o erro é criação, o mesmo número um sítio novo, taiwan 2010"…

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