Recalling RFID

On: September 28, 2007
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Erik Borra is assistant professor in Journalism and New Media at the University of Amsterdam.

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two-day public program on RFID and things to come.
19 & 20 OCTOBER 2007
DE BALIE AMSTERDAM
http://www.debalie.nl/recallingrfid

It’s in travel documents, building passes, pet animals, clothing stores, libraries, public pools, theme parks and prisons… and yet only a few of us know what RFID is. RFID (radio frequency identification) uses radio waves to identify people, animals or objects carrying encoded microchips. For government and industry, RFID signifies economic innovation, while for the futurist it marks the next stage in digital connectivity. RFID’s pervasiveness will only increase in the years to come, forcing shifts in perceptions of the public sphere and private domain.

Alongside the promise RFID brings, there are implications for security, individual privacy and beyond. If it was not already clear, RFID clues us in to the fact that in digital networks, there is no forgetting or memory loss. As such, RFID lends itself both to optimism and fear, forming a microcosm through which a collective, ambivalent relationship to technology is put on display. Recalling RFID centers around this ‘invisible’ technology with a public seminar, workshops and a smart opera. The program brings together distinctive conceptions of RFID and its uses, reconfiguring discourses as dialogue.

friday 19 oct | 10.00-17.30
SEMINAR – RECALLING RFID
Presentations and debates on RFID and digital connectivity scenarios with speakers from the industry, researchers, artists, privacy advocates, programmers and consultants. Speakers include Katherine Albrecht (CASPIAN), Bart Schermer (RFID Platform), Melanie Rieback (VU University Amsterdam), Stephan Engberg (Priway), and Willem Velthoven (Mediamatic).

saturday 20 oct | 11.00-17.00
DMI WORKSHOP – MAPPING FUTURE HISTORIES OF RFID
How are online debates surrounding RFID formatting the technology before it fully appears? The Digital Methods Initiative takes tools to the Web to capture this process, surveying ‘past futures’ as they are written. Join us in mapping the RFID debate and making useful histories of the present.

saturday 20 oct | 19.00, 20.30, 22.00
NABAZ’MOB – OPERA FOR 100 SMART RABBITS
A magic opera featuring one hundred Nabaztag smart rabbits in a musical and choreographic partition in three movements, composed by the French artists Antoine Schmitt and Jean-Jacques Birgé. A poetic metaphor for a future of pervasive digital connectivity.

TICKETS

SEMINAR: € 20 incl. lunch (students € 10)
DMI WORKSHOP: € 20 incl. lunch (students € 10)
NABAZ’MOB OPERA: € 3,50

BUY OR RESERVE TICKETS ONLINE:
http://www.debalie.nl/recallingrfid

Recalling RFID is a collaboration between De Balie, the Institute for Network Cultures, and Rob van Kranenburg.

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RECALLING RFID
two-day public program on RFID and things to come.

19 & 20 OCTOBER 2007
DE BALIE AMSTERDAM
http://www.debalie.nl/recallingrfid

Repost from Institute of Network Cultures

One Response to “Recalling RFID”
  • October 3, 2007 at 8:58 am

    for those interested, i still have my RFID paper online here. (.doc)

    Its a short overview of what RFID is, where it’s used and how some people see it as dangerous. It also has a small paragraph on Deleuze/Foucault – since RFID fits within the control society discourse :p

    Enjoy

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