26 May, Julian Oliver (NZ/GER), masterclass/lecture
Ask anyone how a postcard you sent arrived to their mailbox and they'll give you a vaguely coherent description. Ask them however to explain how your email arrived made it to their inbox and most will struggle, resorting to a surrealist impression of the metal and machines that make it all work..
In this lecture Julian will uncover the dangers of depending on misunderstood infrastructure with a view to widening our 'techno-political subjectivity'. In doing so he will position the language of Engineering as providing the vital vocabulary we need for better understanding - and thus critically engaging - the world we live in today.
Focusing on the Internet as an example of misunderstood infrastructure, Julian will demonstrate tools and techniques for reading network infrastructure at a skeletal level; from the submarine cables connecting continents, to the owners of remote devices and how to control remote machines using just the
In the spirit of situating this knowledge within Critical Engineering as a practice, Julian will introduce several of his own works, and work made with others.
Julian Oliver is a New Zealander and Critical Engineer based in Berlin. His projects and the occassional paper have been presented at many museums, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Julian's work has received several awards, most notably the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica for 'Newstweek', a collaborative project with studio partner Danja
Julian has given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, augmented reality, creative hacking, data forensics, computer networking, object-oriented programming for artists, virtual architecture, information visualisation, UNIX/Linux and open source development practices worldwide. He is a long-time advocate of the use of free software in artistic production, distribution and education.
30 May,moddr_ (NL), masterclass/lecture
Irbene Networked Orienteering and Data Recovery Workshop
- a freestyle forensics walkthrough for reverse engineering of urban legend and digital mythology
A number of teams, each with their own assigned medium and accompanying technical equipment, moves through the area gathering and extracting data from the environment. One teams shoots video and photographs, another takes field recordings, and yet another creates pointclouds with a 3D scanner of Irbene's abandoned architectures.
At pre-determined waypoints, located by each team via GPS, the collected data is to be transferred onto so called 'DeadDrops'; embedded USB devices that can only hold a limited amount of data (4, 8, 16 or 32Gb for example). The dumped data can contain anything from video- or soundfiles, to modified digital maps and waysigning towards alternative DeadDrop locations.
The mission all teams share is inspired by the local urban legend that suggests the Irbene base was used by the Russians to govern their 'Venera' space programme; a series of unmanned spacecraft launches to the planet Venus. Participants are to collect and bring back as much data as possible, annotated with writing and possibly accompanied by sketches and drawings of locations of interest, which then will be used to research and possibly reconstruct narratives related to 'Venera'...
moddr_ is a Rotterdam-based media/hacker/co-working space and DIY/FOSS/OSHW fablab for artgeeks, part of the venue WORM: Institute for Avantgardistic Recreation.
Since being founded in 2007 by alumni of the Piet Zwart Institute (department of “Networked Media“) they host and promote young local and international talent with a focus on the artistic modification (‘modding‘) of contemporary and emerging technology. moddr_ represents a critical attitude in our ‘new’-medialandscape through spawning and development of artistic projects, workshop series, lectures, exhibitions and of course good parties.
2 June,Mogens Jakobsen (DK), masterclass/lecture
Born in Rome, Italy and lives in Copenhagen.
He studied mathematics at Aarhus University and later media sciences at University of Copenhagen. In the 1980ties he published noisy avant-garde music on cassette-tapes. In the 90ties he embraced the internet as a new D.I.Y.-media and got involved in net.art. Since 2001 he has mainly been working with networked physical installations. Mogens Jacobsen is also a founding member of the Danish art group Artnode.org.
The masterclass will be in the form of a workshop, where participants will build an joint internet-controlled orchestra from surplus machinery, household equipment and everyday electrical appliances.
2 June,Andrew M. McKenzie (UK/EE) , masterclass/lecture
Andrew M. McKenzie, Instructional Designer, Hypnotherapist, Mood Engineer and Maker of Strange Things guides you through the processes that will allow you to take CONTROL of the POWER in your life, from the basics to indications of where the advanced may well lie for you. Drawing on over 30 years of experimentation (learning painfully so you don't have to), research, practice and practical implementation with a wide range of disciplines and techniques dealing with the REAL issues of POWER and CONTROL, a new relationship from a new set of perspectives with Technology and the Self becomes not only possible, but extremely desirable.
As life in the modern world quickens, shallows, intensifies in quantity and not quality, having the tools to take CONTROL of perception and POWER means that you can deal with situations which until now, you thought were beyond your POWER to CONTROL, leading to a place where the deepest dreams and their manifestation in the world are available in a state of real Freedom. WHO'S DRIVING THE BUS? will show you that it wasn't who you thought it was all along at all!
WHO'S DRIVING THE BUS?
or - How To Free Yourself Of Freedom
2 June,Pawel Pokutycki (PL), masterclass/lecture
Pawel Pokutycki is an interaction designer, thinker and lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, NL. In 2005 he initiated early activities of the RFID Lab, later called the AR+RFID Lab, an experimental interdisciplinary platform for research in the application of Augmented Reality (AR) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies in art and design. His recent educational projects focus on exploring relationships between new media theory and political/social/cultural studies by rapid concept development and prototyping for interactive media.
In his lecture Pawel will take you for a journey through the fascinating history and future of the so-called 'black boxes' and discuss their powerful impact on today's society and culture. The masterclass will be a 'deus ex machina' for IslandCQ, a creative attempt to turn the ideas and values behind the event into a source of powerful paradigm shift resonating far beyond the forests of Irbene.
Abandoned Mystery is a Multi/Inter/Trans/Cross/Non-disciplinary Expedition pilot project on exploring the constitution of the phenomena of abandoned military sites of the European edges in the Baltic Sea area. (Pre-WWII fortifications, Soviet military heritages in Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad, Memel/Klaipeda and Riga, Curonian Spit, Vyborg, Karelian Isthmus/Russia, Liepaja, Vainode, Skrunda/Latvia as well as Porkkala, Hamina/Finland and Plateliai, Gulbiniskiai, Rimsai/Lithuania).
Fluctuating between art, (social) science, history, anthropology, architecture mythology and involving different types of cross-disciplinary mutants, detectives and innovators from the field of: acoustic, architecture, psycho-mytho-geography, critical cartography and not-yet-defined, the project seeks to explore those mysterious locations and study their inner logic as an interaction between nature, people, ancient, contemporary, past and future. In cooperation with partners the core-group of initiators is organizing a number of field-trips towards abandoned places in Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Finland while residing in Nida/LT, Aizpute/LV and Hamina/FI. The documentation, data and artistic outcomes will be published on this website becoming the platform for cross-collaborative on-going laboratory and archive.
2 June,Abandoned Mystery (LV), masterclass/lecture
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