Denver-based artists Christopher Coleman and Laleh Mehran’s interactive installation W3FI: Colorado Springs is at GOCA 121 as part of the exhibition CYBERCY. Each iteration of W3FI is created in a site-specific manner reflecting, for example, local landmarks and Wi-Fi usage. Check out some of the W3FI installations in the video below, then come on over to GOCA 121 on Saturday June 24, 2017 for Brilliant to see the the Colorado Springs edition of W3FI IRL!
So what is W3FI?
The W3FI is a social movement, a philosophy, a path to responsible connectivity between our online/offline lives and to each other.
The internet world used to be, more or less, separated from the IRL world, but today we carry the internet in our pockets and the barrier between the digital and the tangible is becoming less and less defined. What we say and do online as our digital S3LFs is no longer tucked away neatly where no one can see it. Our virtual words and actions have a tangible effect on our fellow S3LFs IRL. W3 are all connected on the internet and we are all connected IRL. Coleman and Mehran recognize the weight of the power our S3LFs have:
We have to take control of and responsibility for how others see and relate to us in the digital world. We are proposing a new philosophy, a new strategy for our online interactions. It is called “W3FI,” a combination of WiFi, the word “we” and the slang use of the number 3 in place of the letter “e” to reference the digital parts of our lives. Currently people already consider WiFi to be a sort of invisible shared connection that is all around us and shifting it to “We” indicates a new awareness of how interconnected we really are online. The W3FI project is much more than an awareness campaign, it is a movement in social activism to ask a new set of questions for each of us every time we click, text, or share a photo.
W3FI is journey of discovery—one of the S3LF, our connectedness to other S3LFs, and how our individual S3LFs come together to form a W3.
The final step is to decide to move from being a passive part of the W3 to being part of the W3FI, the collective of S3LFs who lift up each other by interacting positively, with encouragement, help, sharing, and understanding. In this way we address issues ranging from cyber-bullying to open-source knowledge.
From The W3FI Manifesto:
The internet is a network, where everything affects everything else.
Other people can affect your S3LF, and you can affect theirs.
An insult, a bad review, a video or an altered photo can reshape the ways people see a S3LF.
You have no control over what others do to your S3LF.
Other S3LFs can be celebrated and destroyed by you.
We are all part of this now.
All the S3LFs are the W3.
W3 all have S3LFs that are important to us.
W3 have to think differently about who W3 are.
W3 have to acknowledge the power for good and destruction W3 wield.
W3 have to become better
The places where W3 find each other
The ways W3 fit connections to one another
The things W3 fix together
The W3 FI
To read the entire manifesto and learn more about W3FI, click here!
Ready to celebrate the arts and be part of the positive change? Come sit on the light-up cube seats, meet someone new, take a S3LFie, enter the W3FI, and party with us at Brilliant!
About Brilliant 2017
It’s visually stunning, high energy, awe-inspiring, and delicious. It’s
And it’s happening in downtown Colorado Springs on June 24, 2017!
GOCA invites you to explore the ways in which the Internet has affected our movements, connections, and perceptions. The evening features the interactive exhibition CYBERCY where you can observe or receive a psychic reading and haircut, plus all your senses will be delighted by pop-up performances and craft tastings sprinkled throughout the night.