Light post on post-light

On: November 16, 2007
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About Tjerk Timan
During the last couple of years, I have been involved in Industrial Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven, both on the theoretical as well as the physical/practical side, always working on the boarder between the digital and physical. After an internship at Mediamatic, I wanted to get more involved in the digital side of new media. Currently, I am investigating the complex realm of new media [at] the master course New Media, UvA. With a thesis focus now on ‘objects that blog’ within the context of an internet of things, the challenge is to investigate the agency and influence of things. Especially when these things, being digital or physical, are capable of sharing, posting, editing, deleting content. And on who’s account? Within that same line of thought, the digital is often taking itself for granted maybe too much, where often the step towards WHO and HOW data is manipulated is left out of the loop. Taking these things back into the (design) loop is one of my missions, with the statement in mind that the way content is created and consumed has at least as much importance as the technology driving it. Furthermore, I am currently active within the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam. Also, I do some occasional freelance work, where disciplines differ from web-design to workshops to product design.


game In a series of attempts to shorten posts, a ‘light’ post: In my quest to investigate into alternative interfaces and other ways (than traditional pc setup red.) of representation and manipulation of data, one aspect to look at is public (intelligent) spaces. One example I found this week, during the GLOW-festival. This festival is taking place in the city of light, Eindhoven.
The home-town of Philips was once the center of innovation concerning light and lighting systems. Where now most of the production has moved away, innovation is slightly returning returning. A small glimpse of post-light bulb era is given, with buildings and streets as interface, as the city this week is now a stage for over 30 (interactive) light-art installations in public space. Go check it out! (pictures by Eric Toering).
Official pictures can be found here.

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