Translab was a BURUNDI collaborative research project mapping the possibilities emerging from the technological culture (hardware, software), trends in science (genetic engineering, artifical intelligence, biotechnologies), and in distribution of information (internet, interface, digital photography and video).
The project focused on new media environment phenomena (such as simulation, copy&paste, open source, interface, algorithm, glitch, or social software) and placed them to face the history of art, music, film, literature, sociology, philosophy, and science.
As a tool, microstory was used — a text unit of one paragraph, summing up the context, form, and content of particular work, event, or theory. The level of originality, media response and spectator's shock was taken into account as criteria for the relevance of a microstory (like Ballet Mécanique for noise).
Six Translab evenings held since October 2004 to February 2005 in A4 - Zero Space, Bratislava (audience ranged 20 to 60 people per evening) experimented with the institution of moderator, guest and audience; oscillating on the border of presentation, coffee talk and show.
http://translab.burundi.sk - includes evenings summaries and collected microstories