Expertbase 1.3 [BIG social game, april/may 2002, torino]
The second real world installation of the expertbase was to take place in the context of the 'biennale internazionale arte giovane' ['international biennial of young art'] in Torino, Italy [big torino 2002]. For this ocassion the expertbases' interface was slightly changed to make the expertbase accessible in multiple languages [english and italian]. Also the startpage was re-designed taking up a the theme of an already existing 'analogue expertbase' that we found in the courtyard of the foreigners office in torino
We had been invited to torino to install the expertbase in torino as part of what the organizers of the exhibition had called 'BIG social game'. In order to adapt the expertbase to the specific situation in torino [and encouraged to do so by the concept of the exhibition] we had been to torino twice in order to prepare the installation and. During these visits we noticed that we had come to torino in politically turbulent times. One of the issues that brought people to the streets was the pending introduction of new immigration legislation, the so-called 'bossi-fini-law'
The expertbase torino followed two-tired approach: we wanted to install public access terminals in four different locations in the city [a phone center, the fish marked, an unused kiosk in the city center and in the back of an old three-wheeler]. at the same time we were establishing contacts to migrants organizations and support groups in order to reach potential experts. Additionally we had produced a newspaper wherein we introduced and explained the expertbase. [You can download the newspaper as a pdf file here (page1) and here (page2)
One day after the opening of the exhibition we were asked by the direction to remove the sentence 'basta con belosconi, bossi e fini!' from the newspaper and to stop distributing stickers with the slogan. when we refused this, we were removed from the exhibition [for a more detailed description of this controversy see here]
While this made an end to our public installations and our stay in torino and thus kept us from finding ou if how the expertbase worked in the different environments we had installed it in, this episonde also taught us to avoid being completely dependend on the infrastructure of future exibitions. However we still managed to host the world expert forum in the forum of the exhibition. During this forum we introduced and explained the expertbase. We also discussed the attempt to censor our work and our subsequent removal form the exhibition there.
The next day we went to a demonstration, where we finally found lots of wonderfull people who to publicly supported our slogan. thanks!