Vivian Selbo's open_source is the second and most recent installment in her partsofspeech project. It runs amok in a public playground using the language of "investment." See fragments of Internet ad copy and images that hover like flies, spin out of control, crash into each other, pick themselves up, and go back for more. Read an "e-pistolary philistine relay," a dysfunctional relationship invented and played out by various authors through a series of e-mail messages composed in purely economic terms. Try out a new release of the Fog chat applet (developed by Selbo with Java programmer Clem Paulsen, through an open-source agreement with Fog's creator, Hannes Wallnöfer). Give free advice to the authors and their imaginary lovers or tell the world your own sad and happy tales of emotional capitalism by sharing your pay-offs, your write-offs, your heart of gold. open_source invites you to mess with all the modes and norms of exchange, whether they be exalted, exploitive, exquisite, or embarrassing.
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OPEN_SOURCE IS PART OF EMERGING ARTISTS/EMERGENT MEDIUM, MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE JEROME FOUNDATION.