Cybertower, 1997




Background and explanation to the CyberTower

We happen to be in an ironical situation - while multitude of languages is typical for mankind (and it was an endpoint of Babel), then in cyberspace we can see erasement of differences and returnment to lingua franca or English. We are moving into the pre-Babel situation.


Ground plan can be in the form of "T".

Every floor has a certain amount of inhabitants. These are links to any place in the world which are sent by somebody. Ihabitants shouldn´t be in the server of the Academy of Arts. If inhabitants of different cells of one floor are from America or Australia it is even more interesting then virtual- and cyber-characters of the tower will show up. In that way is justified a withdrawal from physical and cement-dusty associations. This Tower is a sterile link-Tower.

Inhabitants could be real or virtual. They could be dogs or pornostars. This can consist of projects, things, frogs or stones. It could be any representation of living or non-living objects, which link is sent by somebody.


This Tower is an imaginary space, it is not any tower-picture object on the net-page which has to answer to our understandings about words up and down, heaven and earth.

/.../ This Tower is also a trap, an experiment to find out who is coming and with what is coming. To pollute it with some garbage is excluded, but it is possible if somebody wants to reside in our server then it is object of negotiation.

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Excerpt of the review from The CIAC's Electronic Art Magazine, Montréal, 2001:

/.../ In Cybertower the artists juggle with the idea of the Internet as immaterial, while referring to its particularity of being monumental and public on a very large scale. Ironically, the structure is simple and uniform, resembling a cabinet, and we enter into it through tiny drawers. These contrasting aspects of the project lead to net.artists' persistent exploration of the Internet's liberating potential: "You can leave your bodies behind when entering the Tower, just like entering Paradise and Hell... These are huge upgoing buildings mankind has established and erected themselves into the eternity with. To free themselves from the heaviness of gravity! Every tower like an arrowhead to the heaven and suggestive command to the viewer - go! arise! change!"

Review by Rossitza Daskalova, The CIAC's Electronic Art Magazine,