Venice Architecture Biennale 2014: Space Caviar's algorithmic publishing project will be travelling to Venice for the architecture biennale, with the final issues from Milan design week now available to download – including contributions from Formafantasma and Martino Gamper (+ slideshow + download).
Joseph Grima's design research collaborative Space Caviar created a new realtime publishing algorithm, called Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), which combines text produced using voice recognition technology with text and images posted on social platforms like Instagram and Twitter.
The software debuted in Milan last week with a series of talks called On the Fly providing the core content for the resulting publications, which were printed instantly from a travelling publishing unit known as the FOMObile and based on an Open Structures modular system designed by Thomas Lommee.
Participants in the talks, which took place in Nike's Aero-static dome at Palazzo Clerici, included Martino Gamper, Clemens Weisshaar, Atelier Bow Wow, Bart Hess and Formafantasma. Members of the public from all over the world were also invited to take part by using the #OnTheFlyMilan hashtag on social media networks.
"The idea behind FOMO is to explore the potential of event metadata as source material for a performative publishing process, but the print component is important - the whole thing made a lot more sense when we bound it all together into a single volume at the end on the FOMO sewing machine," said Grima.
The FOMObile will be in residence in Venice in early September and may also make an appearance during the opening weekend in early June.
"From a Dadaist perspective I think the Milan experiment went very well - almost everything about it was unexpected, such as how moments of intensity and moments of inactivity are revealed in the blanks and overlaps," said Grima.
"What we'd like to do next is explore the other end of the spectrum, perhaps creating something that is indistinguishable from a conventional publication, for example working with the social media and physical interactions between people on a weekday in one of the piazzas of Genoa," he said.
The project was inspired by a comment from futurist and writer Bruce Sterling, who said that "events were the new magazines". Sterling was among the visitors to the project during Milan design week.
Download issues nine to 12 of FOMO from Milan: