25 Aug 2004
This day is being held as part of the SMCS on 11 series, the programme of activities of Stedelijk Museum CS on the 11th storey of the Post CS building, and in connection with the Summer School of the Amsterdam New Media Institute.
Reservations and information: www.anmi.nl
The computer is increasingly less a cumbersome thing on your desk, and ever more a portable apparatus you can take with you anywhere. This apparatus (laptops, palmtops, new generations of mobile phones) is not only always on, but is always linked with a network, and more and more also with the Internet.
Thanks to GPS and related technologies that are about to be launched, the increasing capacity such apparatus as this has to know precisely where it - and thus also its owner - is, is a popular field of research for both large businesses and universities, and for artists.
The Locative Media lab an international collaboration among people from various areas, brings these domains together. It pursues a public function, so that locative technologies will not be left to become the realm of commercial players, but emphasises that with limited means and without highly specialised knowledge almost everyone is able to make what they will of this technology.
The various aspects of locative media will also be further examined in SMCS on 11. Artists make use of it or take advantage of it; there are clear possibilities for locative media in cartography and its public use, and they play a role in the ideology of the semantic web.
Afternoon session (2:00-5:00 p.m.)
The guests will each give a short presentation of their work, followed by the possibility of participating in a workshop with one or more of the speakers. The London artist Pete Gomez will close the session with a GPS drawing in the heart of Amsterdam.
Cost: € 25,-
On display of a Museum card, € 10,-
Evening session (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
The guests will once again give a brief presentation of their work, and then engage in a discussion with Josephine Bosma, art historian and new media specialist. Time for audience response follows.
Pete Gomes is an independent filmmaker and artist. His most recent work revolves around visualising spaces that have become accessible through new data technologies such as GPS and Wi-Fi. His best-known project is www.parkbenchtv.org, consisting of a public bench in a square in London, a Wi-Fi antenna and an internet platform. For the workshop Gomes will make a chalk-drawing in the centre of Amsterdam based on GPS co-ordinates. During the evening program he will discuss the motivations behind his work in relation to new technologies and the city.
Esther Polak is an artist who explores the visual and documentary possibilities of GPS. Her Amsterdam Real-Time project was one of the first large-scale art explorations in GPS mapping. Currently she is participating in a collaborative project called MILK, tracing milk transports all the way from Latvian cows to its final destination in Dutch cheese. In her work Polak manages to strip GPS of its nerdy riffraff, and instead uses this technology for making comprehensible visualisations and telling human stories.
Jo Walsh is a programmer. Among her employers have been a Dutch ISP and the website of the Guardian. She is also an acclaimed software critic whose opinions are eagerly anticipated on several important mailing-lists. During the workshop she will talk about her work on community software in relation to the semantic web
A Chomskian linguist by training, Schuyler Erle is now a programmer and computer activist involved with free Wi-Fi commons of San Francisco. During the workshop he will discuss the book on mapping hack he is currently editing for O'Reilly.
While working for a tech company in Silicon Valley Ben Russell became excited by the emerging technology of what is now labelled Locative Media. His Headmap Manifesto is widely regarded as a stimulating force behind many projects. As part of the Locative Media Lab he currently is interviewing many people in the field. During the workshop he will discuss his findings and correlate them to his initial expectations expressed in the Headmap Manifesto.
Wilfried Houjebek is a writer and psycho-geographer. He uses algorithms in psycho-geographic walks through cities and other areas, in which the public is the main participant. The geographic and psychological output is visualised with the help of simple software.
The evening discussion will be moderated by Josephine Bosma. Bosma is an Amsterdam-based art critic with a long history of involvement in new media.