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The Big Plot
2009. Mixed media, dimensions variable.

This experimental fiction was a romantic spy story about a dysfunctional and surveilled sociality created by social media. The cloned identity of a real spy was used to infiltrate an extremist Russian political movement as the drama deconstructed the language and symbolism of ideologies by remixing characters' lives and identities with real-world events. The fiction was conveyed through actors using video dialogues, personal photos, and messages posted and linked on several media channels. Actions in public spaces supplemented the set of environments upon which the show was performed, and audiences took an active role in unfolding and creating other parts of the fiction. This project introduced the genre of Recombinant Fiction as an experimental form of tactical transmedia fiction.

Selected pictures of installations at the following shows
.Move Festival Halle, Germany, 2009Cairo Prize Milan, Italy, 2009.

Video playlist

Selected shows and presentations
OLE .01 International Festival of Electronic Literature, exhibition at PAM, Naples - Italy
IMAC 2011, Re-New,
lecture, Copenhagen - Denmark
Mobile Learning Conference, lecture, Bremen - Germany
Hacking Public Space, Flashback, Microwave Festival,
Hong Kong
STRP Festival, Eindhoven - Netherlands
Hacking Public Space, Flashback section, S.M.A.K. and Vooruit, Gent - Belgium
Art Project 2, Viareggio - Italy
Map Digital Space, Ithaca - U.S.
4th Contemporary Art Festival TINA B, Prague - Czech Republic
10th Cairo Prize, Milan - Italy
"Da Festival" at the National Academy of Art, Sofia
Espacio Enter Festival, Tenerife - Spain
.move, EMARE exhibition, Halle - Germany
Share Festival, Turin - Italy
ENTER, 4th international festival, Prague - Czech Republic
FAD Festival, Belo Horizonte - Brazil
Moves09 Forum,
CornerHouse, Manchester - UK
SocialEast Seminar on Art and Espionage,
Courtauld Institute, London, UK
Tag ties and affective spies
, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens - Greece

Selected bibliography
ISEA2011, "Uncontainable" Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Istanbul, 2012, Volume 18 Issue 5, ISBN 9781906897192
Barbara Pollack, "The Social Revolution", ARTnews magazine, U.S. 2011, Issue June
IMAC2011, "Interactive Media Arts Conference, Re-new", Denmark, ISBN 9788771120370
Cristiana Campanini, "Antologia della webletteratura" book, Italy, Il Foglio Letterario, ISBN 9788876062643
Luca Barbeni, "Fino alla fine del cinema" book, Mediaversi, Italy, ISBN 8849134118
Alessandro Ludovico, Neural magazine, Italy, ISSUE #35
Peter Zorn, ".Move Festival" catalogue, Halle, ISBN 9783000289729
Monica Burian "TINA B" catalogue, ISBN 9788090446106
Daphne Dragona, "Tag Ties and Affective Spies" catalogue, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, ISBN 9789608349360
Alessandro Ludovico, Springerin magazine, Austria, ISSUE 3/09
Fransiska Nori, Artè magazine, Italy, ISSUE 434

Selected pictures of the installation of The Big Plot in Milan at the Cairo Prize, 2009.

Selected pictures of the installation of The Big Plot in Halle at the .Move Festival, 2009.

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