NML: Neighbourhood Markup Language
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In considering the issues raised by the project themes, particularly the implications of communications networks and devices with respect to locality, I found myself returning again and again to the persistent, spatial scent-based animal communications networks, like the rich (to dogs) olfactory mappings of urine marked trees and fire hydrants and the marker trails that lead ants to food and back to the nest. And so I am proposing a system for annotating physical space. The project is provisionally and not entirely satisfactorily titled "NML: Neighbourhood Markup Language".
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David Rokeby is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in interactive art and an innovator in interactive technologies. He has achieved international recognition as an artist and seen the technologies which he develops for his own work given unique applications by a broad range of arts practitioners and medical scientists.
Rokeby's best known work, Very Nervous System (1986-90) premiered at the Venice Biennale in 1996, won the first Petro-Canada Award for Media Arts (1988). Several of his works have addressed issues of digital surveillance. Watched and Measured (2000) was awarded the first BAFTA award for interactive art from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Guardian Angel (2001) received the award for best installation at the Images Festival (Toronto) in 2001.
Other works engage in a critical examination of the differences between human and artificial intelligence. The Giver of Names (1991-) and n-cha(n)t (2001) are artificial subjective entities, provoked by objects or spoken words in their immediate environment to formulate sentences and speak them aloud.
Rokeby has twice been honoured with Austria's Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction (1991 and 1997).
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