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[Nettime-nl] Graduation show + workshop programme Networked Media, Piet Zwart Institute

Networked Media
Graduation show, projects and public workshops of the Master Media Design,
Piet Zwart Institute of the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University

Location: CBK Rotterdam  |   Nieuwe Binnenweg 75   |    3014 GE Rotterdam
Opening: Friday, July 3, 20:00 - 24:00
exhibition continues: July 4- July 12, 12:00-17:00
closed on Monday July 6th
Contact: Leslie Robbins <L.J.Drost-Robbins@hro.nl>

This year, the Media Design graduation show is hosted by CBK (Centrum
Beeldende Kunst) Rotterdam. As an institution and communal space built
on the concept of the arts as a democratic means of social exchange, it
provides common ground with our Master programme and its focus on media
in their social context. "Networked Media" is the title of this
exhibition and project week, and will be the official caption of the
Master programme after this summer.

Between the 3rd and 12th of July, we will present

- an exposition of all eight 2009 Master graduation projects
- works by first year Master students developed for "Build, Break and
  Broadcast", a thematic project on do-it-yourself hacking and recycling
  of electronic hardware.
- a series of public, free workshops and lectures given by artists,
  designers and media activists associated to our study programme (see


Friday, 03. July 'Networked Media" 
Official Opening Graduation exhibition 2009

20:00h doors open for viewing the exhibition at (CBK) 
The Centre of Visual Art, Nieuwe Binnenweg 75, 3014 GE Rotterdam

20:30h Official Opening
by Richard E. Ouwerkerk, Chairman of the Willem de Kooning Academy
Rotterdam University
With speakers Florian Cramer, lector Piet Zwart Institute, course
director Media Design and Communication, WdKA and Sergei Versteeg,
Managing director of The Centre of Visual Art, Rotterdam

21:00h Official Graduation Catalogue 2009 Presentation
"Huh? Oops... F*ck! Oh, no! Wait... Again", a catalogue of all 2009
Master of Media Design graduation projects designed by Luna Maurer and
Roel Wouters, and printed on the stencil press of Knust /Extrapool in
Nijmegen.  The first three catalogues will be presented to Arie
Altena, Media researcher and essayist; Stephan Saaltink, Director WdKA
and Richard E. Ouwerkerk.

21:30h Marc Chia, Bufferrrbreakkkdownnn Arkestra Bufferrrbreakingggdownnn
A sound-based performance orchestrated by streaming networks and processor overloads.
"What you are about to hear is a performance with the use of my voice
and all sounds my gestures make during the performance assisted by 8
interconnected audio streams and the inadequacies of digital

21:45h Aymeric Mansoux, 4NX
A performance where sound is image is sound

22:00h - 1:00h Mixmaster Fader
DJ set.


The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue designed by Luna Maurer and
Roel Wouters, and printed on the stencil press of Knust /Extrapool in
Nijmegen. Next to the documentation of the projects and an essay by Arie
Altena, this book contains more than 48,000 individual page numbers
hand-drawn with charcoal by the students, staffers and designers over
the course of a year.


Workshops and Events Programme
Location: CBK Rotterdam, Nieuwe Binnenweg 75, 3014 GE Rotterdam
Participation is public and free.

Sunday, 05.07
12:00 - 17:00h The Computer Hardware Crash course is a project by
Tutors: Donna Metzlar & Audrey Samson

The Computer Hardware Crash course will consist of taking apart a
computer and putting it back together again. We will blow life into
jargon like: ports, plugs, bus, interface, printed circuit board, card,
integrated, processor, memory, storage, cache, master, slave, the BIOS
and booting.  Bring along some paper, a pencil and your questions. We
will provide the computers and screwdrivers.

The workshop is 4 to 5 hours long and includes a break of about 20
participants: 12 max. |   language spoken: English
booking mandatory: Audrey Samson <info@genderchangers.org > 
before Thursday, July 2nd


Wednesday, 08.07 & Thursday, 09.07
12:00 - 17:00h workshop  |  "/mode +v noise" is a project by GOTO10
Tutors: Aymeric Mansoux & Jan-Kees van Kampen

"/mode +v noise" is a project of GOTO10, a collective of international
artists and computer programmers. It is based on IRC, the oldest
text-based Internet chat environment.  This intervention will transform
an IRC chat room/channel into a simple, collaborative, text-based online
system for making music. Since IRC allows 'chat bots'- computer programs
that pretend to be human conversation partners -, we will program such a
bot to create a collective musical composition environment based on
Internet chats.  In this workshop, participants will explore two parts
of the project: designing sound generators in Supercollider that they
can control via a simple IRC bot written in Python.

Level: Intermediate
limited places: 8 Max   |   Language spoken: English
booking mandatory: send short bio to Leslie Robbins
<l.j.drost-robbins@hro.nl> before Monday, 06 July


Thursday, 09.07
22:00 - 24:00h  FEED: is a project by De Geuzen
Riek Sijbring, Femke Snelting and Renée Turner
[the exhibition can be viewed between 20:30 - 24:00h]

Turbo image and slogan mixing, fed from near and remote locations,
projected on to the CBK windows. Contribute from your home via
http://feed.geuzen.org or join the wifi bubble located directly in front
of the building.

De Geuzen is a foundation for multi-visual research and the
collaborative identity of Riek Sijbring, Femke Snelting and Renée
Turner. Since 1996 they have employed a variety of tactics to explore
female identity, narratives of the archive and media image ecologies.
Their work has been featured in events, publications and spaces such as
Manifesta 2, Mute, NIMK, Peacock Visual Arts and Furtherfield.org.
Exhibitions, workshops and online projects operate as thematic framing
devices where the group investigates and tests ideas collectively with
different publics. Characterizing what they do as research, their work
is open-ended and values processes of exchange and critical
interrogation.  http://www.geuzen.org


Graduation projects in the exhibition

Alexandre Leray, Oroborus
A manifesto on processual design, consisting both of its text and a
self-written piece of computer software for visual and code-based
graphic design: "Processual design is not about individualized luxury
objects, but it is design for everyone. - [...] - Processual design
empowers the designers and the public".

Dennis de Bel, Re:deFineArt
This project was specifically created for the CBK.  It invites visitors
to vote for their favourite, still available art work in the CBK
collection, resulting in a continuously updated list of successful
artworks on location and through the Internet.  All data gathered from
the votes will result in a definition of the perfect home art work. It
will be published as a handbook for artists to create perfect works for
inclusion into the CBK collection, thus completing the circle.  This
project is part of the launch of CBK's new online catalogue. Voters have
the chance of winning a one-year rental free of the highest-rated
artwork. So please come and vote to help creating better art, and a
better CBK collection in the future!

Leonie Urff, Expo[re]view
An alternative, online exhibition catalogue based on allowing people to
capture their own visit with a small video camera on a giant pixel tie.
The result will be based on people's personal experience instead of a
curator's view of an exhibition. This project is influenced by Japanese
"Device Art", a movement of playful media design at the threshold of
art, technology, science and entertainment.

Marc Chia,  Bufferrrbreakkkdownnn Arkestra Bufferrrbreakingggdownnn
A self-descriptive audio and spoken word performance using overloaded
personal computers and Internet connections for the orchestration of its

Sauli Warmenhoven, Mimetrics
A website that offers a variety of alternative ways of visually
displaying and analyzing a film, exposing - for example - its visual
texture and density of dialogue, and allowing to see, display, and
represent films in new ways.

Serena Williams, Dictionary of Dutch Design
A website and book that researches, analyzes and maps the jargon of
Dutch graphic design, proving that its discourse is based on subjective
judgments, made-up terminology and doublespeak.

Stéphanie Vilayphiou, Blind Carbon Copy
Experimental design hacks both in print and on the web that reflect and
circumvent intellectual property restrictions. Ray Bradbury's novel
"Fahrenheit 451" is modified by several text and typographic filters,
resulting in books and texts that are more or less legal to freely

Timo Klok, You Only Live Forever
An exploration of database cinema - films that are no longer following a
linear narrative but whose scenes are rearranged records in a database.
In this piece, the database consists of old James Bond movies.  A
computer program combines their scenes into new films based on the
standard narrative elements and logic of the film series.


First year student projects in the exhibition

Along with the graduation show, first year Master students will show
their hardware-hacked media design from the Thematic Project "Build,
Break and Broadcast" (BBB/1100 1100 1100) supervised by Gordan Savicic
and MODDR_ labs.

BUILD refers to a Do-It-Yourself attitude, the recycling of hardware and
repurposing of ideas. BREAK refers to opening up technological black
boxes, BROADCAST to finding media channels, from setting up hidden
network video streams to social engineering or placing stickers
algorithmically around the city.

Chris Baronavski, Breaker Breaker Bridgeslap
This artwork consists of a live audio feed tapped from the strings of
the Erasmus-Bridge in Rotterdam. The sound of ambient electromagnetic
interference, mechanical noise from cars, trams, etc. will accumulate in
the cables differentially. By thawing this frozen music, a synaesthetic
simulation of spatial re-location emerges, induced by audible sound and
electromagnetic vibrations indicating mechanical movement through space.

Emanuele Bonetti and Loredana Bontempi, "What's the time?"
"What's the time?" tells you when it's time not to think about time.
Based on your online agenda (fetched from a web calendar), time is going
to be remodeled to fit your needs. The project speculates about
the presence of a clock and the collective perception of time within
mediated realities.

Emanuele Bonetti and Loredana Bontempi, "I can see you singing."
The project comprises of a hacked record player which turns your voice
into a rotary graph directly written onto paper. Its specially
engineered drawing algorithm makes your encounter with the old medium
remarkable. Sing a song and study your sonic looking-glass knocking
in&out! One, Two, Plot!

Agnese Camellini, Blinking Light Box
Blinking Light Box is a shy artwork inspired by the metaphorical use of
blinking LEDs, interaction and code as language. The box is made to be
opened by the viewers of the artwork who can change the amount of light
inside the box and outside flickering of LEDs. It is a metaphor of a
system, which is characterized by an unstable output which can be
stabilized, when someone supplies some light to its internal space.

Farrah Shakeel, The Burka Machine
Any creation is bound to inherit traits of its Creator. The Burka
Machine is a very conscious creation of a female-machine that behaves
very female-like upon interaction. The political and social associations
that society and Man have conjured about the Burka make us forget the
presence of a very feminine human within that attire, and the very
feminine emotions and desires she beholds.

The commodity of signalisation in public space is relying on covering
more than one sense per information. The ticking devices installed on
traffic lights are one of those glazing layers on the functionality of
our public space. All these are also perceivable by people with no
visual impairment and probably often used by them. What happens when you
take the devices in your own hands and add misinformation?

Florian Cramer, Lector
Master Media Design: Networked Media
Research programme Communication in a Digital Age
Piet Zwart Institute
Willem de Kooning Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam
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