CO.IN.CIDE (Tracks +Traces)

CO.IN.CIDE formalizes the interrelationship of two "places" by means of a system of interaction that mediates between them-the "third place."
Whenever the visualizations of visitors’ bodies/movements coincide with those of their telematic counterparts, they can open up a channel of verbal communication and establish eye contact. Only those who behave according to the conditions of the “third place” can reach that goal. When congruity is attained, the full image of the particular user’s counterpart appears and replaces (assumes the place of) that user’s own reflection. Saving and storing the images of the protagonists along with their voices concludes the process. The automatic upload of the file sets up an additional “place” in the Internet (*http://residence.aec.at/coincide*) made up of visual and acoustic evidence (tracks + traces) of the interaction.
The idea of the third place—the concept of decisive importance for *co.in.cide*—posits that the relationship that two places establish between themselves (or in which they are placed) creates for these places, even independently of the actual reference, binding conditions for the respective actions and activities carried out “on site.”

The programmatic context of *co.in.cide* is *Liquid Music* (*http://www.liquid-music.org*), a project that has been manifesting itself since 1998 primarily in the form of a small annual festival in the City of Judenburg (in the Austrian Province of Styria, *http://www.judenburg.at*). Just as the city is an integral part of *Liquid Music*, artistic contributions are integral parts of the project. In response to an invitation from Graz 2003 – Cultural Capital of Europe, *co.in.cide* was developed further as Judenburg’s contribution to the STADT_LAND_KUNST (City_Province_Art) program being presented as part of the Graz 2003 festivities. The considerations with respect to the significance of Graz as European cultural capital and Judenburg, which has established an artistic relationship with Graz, have gone into the formulation of “The Third Place” as the theme of *Liquid Music 2003*.

A *Liquid Music* project for Graz 2003 – Cultural Capital of Europe in conjunction with STADT_LAND_KUNST. Realized at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Linz.

Robert Praxmarer

Heimo Ranzenbacher

Martin Honzik

Helmut Höllerl
Keyresearcher / Digital Surfaces

Horst Hörtner
Senior Executive Developer

Christoph Scholz

Florian Landerl

Christoph Hofbauer

Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirth

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