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FOAM LAB 2012: DELETED / SEEN

FOAM LAB 2012: DELETED / SEEN

Foto van Leontien Prenger Vrijdag 27 april vond het eerste evenement van Foam Lab 2012 plaats: ‘Deleted / Seen’. Een avond die de bezoekers een blik laat werpen op beeld dat vandaag de dag wordt ondergewaardeerd door de aanwezigheid...
Bioart, Ethics And Artworks

Bioart, Ethics And Artworks

This lengthy post is part of a Critical Media Art Course. The theme of the week was "Life", and the readings provided focused on Bioart, and the concerns around it. Following an introduction to the term of Bioart,...
Transparency, data visualization & Obama

Transparency, data visualization & Obama

It has been well documented that Obama’s fast and steady rise to the steps of the White House was partly due to an uncanny mixture of classical grassroots politics and the embrace of new technology (read social media). The visual...
Using map projections in data visualizations

Using map projections in data visualizations

In an era of internet users actively creating their own content, easily accessible tools are available for the public to create their own data visualizations. Applications like Many Eyes or Tableau Public give statistic enthusiasts the appropriate possibilities to...
Google’s Newrosis: How the issue language pre-determines the content of Google search results

Google’s Newrosis: How the issue language pre-determines the content of Google search results

Newroz is a traditional Iranian new year holiday celebrated by Kurdish people between March 18 and 21. During this year's celebrations, unnecessary police violence resulted in the death of a politician in Turkey. However, since Turkey lifted the ban...

David Berry Thinks Software

David Berry, the second speaker of the Software Matters session at the Unlike Us #2 conference, took the audience on an informative journey into the ever-increasing scale and importance of...
Participatory Media Art

Participatory Media Art

This is a report of the session on participatory art held on February 28, 2012 from 9 to 11 AM in Amsterdam. The session was organised as part of a course called Critical Media Art, itself part of the...
Art is a Time Machine and Sonic Acts XIV is Travelling Time

Art is a Time Machine and Sonic Acts XIV is Travelling Time

Pictures by Sophie de Krom We have experienced a mix of spectacular, timeless and technical sounds, dynamic pictures, relaxing smells and impressive colors. A combination we could hardly imagine before we had visit Sonic Acts. When we arrived at...

Mark Changizi – “Cultural selection as the new blind watchmaker” at “I don’t know where I’m going but I want to be there”

In his presentation at MOTI‘s “I don’t know where I’m going but I want to be there” theoretical neurobiologist Mark Changizi elaborated on the research method he applies to investigate the field of why it is that the human...

Marcelo Somers: Advertising works when it can scale

The Syndicate is a new breed of an ad network. Among its members are Khoi Vinh, former NYTimes.com design director, Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, and Horace Dediu, mobile computing analyst.

How Chinese Weibo has Changed China

Weibo is the chinese name for “Micro blog”, which was born two years ago, but now has already reached millions of users. Because of the strict censorship in China, the birth of weibo is the same as the birth of...

Wikimedia Conference 2011: Cultural Heritage, Commons and lots of Data. Pt. 2

This is part 2 of my report on the Wikimedia conference 2011. The first part can be found here Teun Lucassen – Wikipedia is reliable Almost all the sessions in the cultural heritage track were presentations about...

Wikimedia Conference 2011: Cultural Heritage, Commons and lots of Data. Pt. 1

On Saturday 5 November, the Wikimedia foundation held a conference in Utrecht. I took the opportunity to go there and write this report about it. Because of the size I decided to split it in two parts. The first...
WappZapp; the revolution of interactive real-time television

WappZapp; the revolution of interactive real-time television

The computational era we currently live in overwhelms us with the latest gadgetry, fidgets and means of communications. It is a tidal wave of new media micro-evolutions which we engulf ourselves in every day. Its innovational force moves so...
Interview with Lex Slaghuis, organizer of Hack de Overheid

Interview with Lex Slaghuis, organizer of Hack de Overheid

What is Hack de Overheid (hack the government)? Hack de Overheid is an event where hackers, government officials and journalists come together to work with government data. Hack de Overheid thinks that at this moment there are a lot...
Is your boyfriend cheating on you? There’s an app for that too

Is your boyfriend cheating on you? There’s an app for that too

With new smart phones and GPS tracking, it’s possible to find and locate the position of other smart phones and the human body that goes with it. But is this legal? Does privacy still exist? Japanese women apparently don’t...

Meanwhile in Hungary

When the new media law for Hungary was passed on 21st of December 2010, many people were outraged at how much of a setback it was for press freedom in Hungary. A Facebook page named “One million people for...
Four considerations to Microsoft’s Productivity Future Vision video

Four considerations to Microsoft’s Productivity Future Vision video

Robot butlers, flying cars, invisibility cloaks, super powers, nutrition through pills, teleportation, time travelling; we all know these future predictions from the movies and comic books. Some developments seem plausible, others improbable. They play roles in our daydreams and...
Facebook 126 : 10 NING. Lessons learnt

Facebook 126 : 10 NING. Lessons learnt

When creating an online community on NING platform for newcomers in Amsterdam as part of our Masters of Media project, me and my colleagues had very ambitious plans about attracting vast amount of users to join Yoursterdam community. However...
Twisting perspective: Sagmeister

Twisting perspective: Sagmeister

Sagmeister was born in1962, he is an Austrian designer. He studied at the University of Applied Art Vienna and the Pratt Institute in New York where he had a full scholarship. He always was passionate for designing covers for...
Death of the projectionist and the rise of McCinema

Death of the projectionist and the rise of McCinema

Since I can remember I’ve been in love with film, I’ve worked in video stores and watched so many films that I can’t even remember how many I’ve watched. Since a year I’ve been working at one of the...

Collective intelligence: an interview with Pierre Levy

In a previous post I discussed and, hopefully, debunked some common assumptions on the next phase of the World Wide Web, or web 3.0. The general assumption is that in the 2.0 era the user was at the centre, the...

iPad for dinner?

The iPad is an all purpose tool. It is ideal to surf on the Internet, play games or other entertainment purposes. However, Apple’s Tablet PC is also capturing more and more restaurants all over the world as an interactive...
Net Worth: Calculate your worth on Facebook

Net Worth: Calculate your worth on Facebook

My project begun with a question: What is the worth of a single Facebook user? Or: How much money does Facebook make of all the culmination of all interactions on the platform by a single user. To do this,...