Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn
Wirefire: A Complete History of Love in the Wires (parts 17–24)
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Abstract: Wirefire was an online performance that occurred between July 8, 1999 — January 9, 2003 every Thursday night, at Midnight, in Belgium. It began as a way for Auriea and Michael to communicate with one another when she still lived in New York City, USA and he in Ronse, Belgium. Text chat seemed too limited. Video chat too factual. Desiring a communication channel that went beyond mere word and image they built one themselves. Believing in the network and their life that began there, this communication needed to be shared with others who were also searching for a meaning of love. Thus, Wirefire was built for: desire, intimacy and an audience.
Bio: Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn started their collaboration in 1999. Harvey and Samyn have devoted their lives to the creation of elegant and emotionally rich interactive entertainment. As Entropy8Zuper! they created many websites and internet artworks. Such as “Skinonskinonskin”, a series of interactive love letters. “The Godlove Museum” which fuses love, religion, politics and sex. And “Wirefire” which was their web-based performance environment. In 2003 they founded independent game development studio Tale of Tales in Gent, Belgium, where they live and work, making genre defying videogames such as “The Endless Forest”, “The Graveyard” and “The Path”.