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Exit Through the Webshop

Exit Through the Webshop

The following is an interview with the founder of dutchdamage, Matthijs van der Meulen, currently head of the digital media department at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Q: How did Dutchdamage come into being? A: In 1996 I started taking...
Edial Dekker, CEO of Gidsy: from hacking to collaborative consumption

Edial Dekker, CEO of Gidsy: from hacking to collaborative consumption

In yesterday’s class we discussed the development of free software and open source. A major shift has been taking place, albeit in a slow pace, from proprietary software to a more open and free form. This change is described...
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...

Netexplorateur Observatory. Talking about Crowdmash, VirtuRéalité and Webego…

Tuesday 25th of October I went to see a conference in Brussels of The Netexplorateur Observatory at Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (IHECS). This observatory is formed of sociologists that analyse hundreds of innovation in the area...
Interview with Arkadiy Kukarkin, developer at the Hype Machine

Interview with Arkadiy Kukarkin, developer at the Hype Machine

How about an introduction: *Scroll down for the interview! The Hype Machine is a website that keeps track of what music bloggers post on their blogs. A selection of blogs are selected by the makers of the website. The...

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...
On the Nature and Culture of Photography

On the Nature and Culture of Photography

The praxis and technology of photography has seen dramatic transformations over the last century. The most obvious transformations taking place in the last decade of the 20th century, marking the shift from analog to digital photography. Yet another shift...
Interview with The Find Magazine

Interview with The Find Magazine

The Find Magazine is a global collective of music lovers dedicated to promoting the diffusion of hip hop, jazz, funk, soul, and related genres. We are inspired by the culture of ‘crate digging’ and thus constantly scour the dusty...
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...

Fleet Commander Neusa talks about EVE Online

In her 2010 TED speech Jane McGonigal states that on average we invest 3 billion hours weekly playing online games. Also, Nick Yee (2006, 70) estimates that the MMORPG player spends on average 22 hours a week playing the...
Thanks For Sharing; Gratitude to Social Recommendation and Cool Friends

Thanks For Sharing; Gratitude to Social Recommendation and Cool Friends

“Knowledge sharing and creation is at the heart of innovation in all fields – science, art and business – and innovation is the driving force for wealth creation... Information can be transferred in great torrents, without any understanding or...

City Vibes Project – A heartbeat of the city based on its BPM

We choose our music to best fit our mood, our spirit or our activities. We use it to celebrate our victories, to soothe our pain or to give us energy when we are feeling down. This is why ensuring...
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...
Interview with Annelie Grob: New Media at the Children’s Book Museum

Interview with Annelie Grob: New Media at the Children’s Book Museum

In The Hague there is the Dutch Children’s Books Museum (Kinderboekenmuseum). On the 8th of December 2010 was the opening of the new exhibition called Papiria. Within the new exhibition children with the age of three trough thirteen, learn...

The end of television as we know it?

Will traditional television soon become obsolete? Probably not. But it does seem that corporate giant Google is making yet another move towards achieving this goal. As of last Friday it has been announced that YouTube (video-sharing website owned by...
Interview with Hein Wils: Stedelijk Museum and ARtours

Interview with Hein Wils: Stedelijk Museum and ARtours

In January 2010 the Stedelijk Museum’s ARtours project started. Hein Wils (43) leads this augmented reality project and is also involved in everything that works with mobility. The project will end by March 2012, but he remains employed as...

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...
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – An interview

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – An interview

Which role does Search Engine Optimization play nowadays? Different methods, techniques and tools are being used to increase traffic and popularity of websites on the well-known search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. What is behind all this? Which...
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,...
you will _KNOW how_ : interview with Nancy Mauro-Flude

you will _KNOW how_ : interview with Nancy Mauro-Flude

I first encountered the work of Tasmanian performance artist and media researcher Nancy Mauro-Flude during The Art of Hacking exhibition opening at the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) on September 9, 2011. Mauro-Flude’s Error_in_Time(V.T_3), a poetic coding performance featuring...