Photos Rotterdam – Boymans van Beuningen

During my lunchbrake at the Ubiscribe event I went to the Boymans van Beuningen museum to check out the DEAF installation and the Joost Conijn exhibition. What intrigued me most however were the Four Vegetative Sleeping Rooms by Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger. This is one of the beautiful rooms (and unfortunately the only one you are not allowed to enter): More Boymans van Beuningen pictures on Flickr.

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DEAF07 – UbiScribe: Collocollaboracontentquery?

Yesterday I participated in the public colloquium “UbiScribe: Collocollaboracontentquery?” as a part of the DEAF07 festival. The topic of Ubiscribe is pervasive publishing in the networked media of which blogging is obviously a part. This caught my attention regarding my thesis on “Blog Software and the Act of Blogging.” The term publishing is used in a wide context and as a wealth of practices. Jouke Kleerebeezem describes publishing as “an intentional act to make a ‘text’ accessible” where a text can be widely interpreted. Arie Altena defines publishing as “to send something out to a place that is publicly accessible.” The texts that are addressed range from images to metadata to blogs and the places from search engines to image depositories to blogs. De Geuzen (left) & Arie Altena (right) I am not going to try to summarize the event (which moderator Florian Cramer also had a hard time with at the end of the day) but rather write down the things that made me think related to my thesis. This will not result in a structured story but rather in a collection of random thoughts. Sandra Fauconnier presented her research on Designing participation. Web 2.0 brings up issues of […]

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Google and Blogger, please stop localizing me!

While writing a piece on the Ubiscribe event at the DEAF festival I went to Blogger’s website. Blogger automatically localizes me based on my IP-address and welcomes me in my own language. Google does the same thing when I go to Google.com it automatically redirects me to Google.nl. Even though I can see the advantages of this I strongly dislike this automatic localizing because I go to the Google.com domain for a reason! Searching something on the Google.com or Google.nl domain gives you different search results and when I look for something that is not Dutch I rather use the Google.com domain. There are two ways to reach the google.com domain instead of the google.nl domain: After automatic redirection to Google.nl follow the “Google.com in English link” (which is actually pretty funny because apparently you are on Google.com in Dutch instead of Google.nl. Run your search on Google.nl and then change http://www.google.nl/search?hl=nl&q=ubiscribe&meta= to http://www.google.nl/search?hl=en&q=ubiscribe&meta= (change nl for en or any other language.) This will give you the same search results as when you are on the Google.com domain. Here are some screenshots of the different search results Google.com, Google.nl in English and Google.nl produce (the first two produce the same […]

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Photos entry Amsterdams Student Festival

This is my entry for the photography discipline of the Amsterdam Student Festival. It is a series of five photographs of draperies in a small format (10 x 15 cm, 4 x 6 inches) to emphasize the “cosy” effect of the draperies. Wandering around town looks sometimes dwell from the street into the houses and we are faced with a variety of draperies. Draperies are not only functional to prevent people from looking into your house but they also serve a decorative function. We find draperies in places such as former working-class quarters like the Staatsliedenbuurt in Amsterdam where three of the five pictures were taken, but also in more rural areas. This series originated from a fascination for the enormous variety and sometimes exuberant use of draperies.

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Review: Cutting Code. Software And Sociality – Adrian Mackenzie

Peter Lang, New York, NY, USA 2006 216 pp. Paperback, $31.95 USD ISBN 0-8204-7823-7 Buy at Amazon Cutting Code addresses the subject of software that has previously been marginalized due to its invisibility. Software is a very mutable object that is entangled in a web of relations. Mackenzie thus sees software as a social object and process that is intrinsically linked to code as a material and practice. Software has previously been studied from a formalist approach by Manovich. The problem with such an approach is that software is abstracted from practices and contexts surrounding coding and reduced to “relations and operations (such as sorting, comparing, copying, removing) on items of data.”1 These relations and operations are seen as quite stable forms and are often directly transfered from the field of computer science. Instead of abstracting and formalizing software Mackenzie argues for an ontology of software that deals with the mutability of software and its web of relations. Code is at the core of this web that software weaves: […] it treats the sociality of the software, the relations that obtain in its neighborhood, as mutable, involuted agential relations indexed by code.2 Mackenzie contributes to the emerging field of Software […]

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Photos opening DEAF07 – Interact or Die!

The eighth edition of the Dutch Electronic Art festival is titled “Interact or Die!” and I am more than ready to interact. This is my third visit to the DEAF festival and the amount of installations seems to have slunk to a third. Due to funding problems the quantity has gone down but the quality seems absolutely stable. The only problem I had with the topic of the festival and the artworks is that my favorite artworks were not interactive at all. My favorite objects were the kind of objects that leave you in complete awe over their aesthetic beauty. Roots ( Roman Kirschner ) Pulsing electronic energy creates tiny explosive crystals leaving you in complete awe for at least ten minutes. Harddisko: Noise & Disturbance Amplifier System for Harddisks ( Valentina Vuksic ) Scratching harddisks producing (un)dancable disko sounds. Pakhuismeesteren, one of the DEAF locations. Ondulation ( Thomas McIntosh ) My absolute favorite due to its incredibly fine and balanced aesthetic nature. Subtle changes in the light, water and color composition bring you into a calming state of mind where the only thing you can do is stare and enjoy the beauty of it. Ondulation (Thomas McIntosh with Mikko […]

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