Let the speaker speak

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As a machine, mimoSa extends it's own pyshical limits trough the net, connecting people on the streets to the web, and vice-versa. The server will be the machine's soul and memory. We will use it to catalog points of urban intervention, retrive them and display them to the world.

The project's reallity will shape our possibilities. Depending on the amount of available funding and technological resources gathered, we will be abble to achieve all goals presented bellow.

We plan to create a geo-referenced database that will be used to display a map of the urban interventions on the web. This map will grow organically, as our team prowl the streets recording stories - pictures, texts, audio and video captured in mobile phones and laptops - and store them in the server forever, using the mobile's GPRS connection to upload content to a web application.

Each story will have an identification number, which will be recorded on the streets, allowing citizens passing by to retrieve audio stories using a toll-free number and their mobile phones. Therefore, our server will require VOIP cappable hardware and software, there will be a call-center service and bandwidth for mobiles available as well. We plan to host the portal in the Turbulence server, leaving audio as well as other recorded interventions avaible to the public, the server will also host the web application used by the machine to publish content.

Our solution is completely based on free and open source software, no commercial products will be used.

For the machine's components, we will use bluetooth capable mobile phones to allow laptops, configured using the latest Debian testing GNU/Linux distribution, to connect to the Internet. These laptops will also be used to capture, edit and publish multimidia content for interviews, together with microfones and digital video cameras. Using the latest version of software such as Ardour, Cinelerra, Gimp, Blender, and many others we will compose raw material and publish it in a web application.

The web application will be developed as a Java Servlet to be deployed in a Tomcat 5 container. It will store data in a Mysql 4.1database. MapServer 4.4.1 will be used to create the geo-referenced maps. It will allow the urban intervention team to upload content and www users to visualize it.


2 x Mobile phones with bluetooth
2 x Video mobile phones with bluetooth
2 x wireless microphones WM308
2 x speakers 200 watts
1 x amplifier
1 x megaphone
1 x mixer 6 channels ALTO S8 LTQ
2 x FM transmitter 8 W
1 x portable computer:
     1.4 Ghz processor, 512 MB RAM, CD-RW, 180 GB HD, wi-fi ethernet card, alsa compatible soundcard, bluetooth
1 x intermediary server
     2.0 Ghz processor, 1 GB RAM, DVD-RW, 180 GB HD, ethernet, linux telephony interface
6 x workstations
     100 ~ 500 Mhz recycled running free software
1 x switcher Wi-Fi 12 outputs
1 x 12 v car battery
1 x supermarket troller
7 x workshop coordenator
2 x project coordenator

machine's input devices
input devices

machine's output devices
output devices


Apache 1.3.27
Tomcat 5.0
JDK(J2SE) 1.4.2_02
Perl 5.6.1
PHP 4.3.9
Python 2.1 mySQL 4.1
LAME 3.93.1
Asterisk 1.0
MapServer 4.4.1


::::::::: urban intervention and information correctional machine

part I


A perfect colonization and a TV channel

brazilian background

the soup-opera republic

part II


An alternative to change realities

what is mimoSa

part III


People, technology and machinery involved



prior works


“mimoSa: Urban Intervention and Information Correctional Machine” is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.”