Rui Guerra, exhibited as part of After the Net.


www_hack by Rui Guerra is a creative intervention onto Arnolfini’s web site. A script installed on the host site allows all visitors to a single page to observe each others’ mouse movements at any one time. On a technical level, the work is based on a javascript that contacts a server where all the individual mouse positions are stored, displaying all the cursors in “real-time”. Users experience the virtual presence of others, as controlled by a server. Web platforms are being promoted as a privileged arena for emerging communities and open collaborations. www_hack, on the other hand, aims at exposing the internal architecture of the web as well as the protocols that reflect a server client hegemony in which users are separated from information and from each other. The project demonstrates that the server-client relationship is not open as such, nor free from power structures. Indeed, all clients are subject to the “dictatorship” of a server that is intrinsic to web architecture.