Video Vortex 2 – Workspace

Published on October 24th, 2007

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From 24-10-2007 until 04-02-2008

During Video Vortex the Netherlands Media Art Institute reveals a new identity as an experimental place presenting projects which demand public participation, or: do it yourself, with others! In addition to showing installations that already exist, various workshops and presentations will be given in the WORKSPACE, especially set up for that purpose. Each week a different organization takes charge of the WORKSPACE, with projects in which you can join in and take part, from gratis software to mobile telephone, video, napster and vlogging workshops.

October 23 – 27

FLOSS Manuals

In connection with the official launch of the FLOSS Manuals, WORKSPACE will focus on FLOSS for the first week of the exhibition, with various terminals on which you can view FLOSS, read FLOSS Manuals and hear about the background of FLOSS in a short documentary that was made especially for Video Vortex.

October 30 – November 4

Democratic Video Reviewing

Constant Dullaart, Dafna Maimon and Erik Alkema, all three of whom are connected with the European Exchange Academy as advisers/instructors, and all three of whom are video makers, offer visitors to the Video Vortex exhibition the possibility of giving their opinion of the exhibition in a visual manner. Visitors are sent out into the exhibition armed with mobile telephone cameras. The results will be discussed, and all results will be put together as a democratic video review.

November 6 – 17

Mobile Reporters – Instant Exposure

November 20 – 24

GNU Video Vortex Workshop

Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of November

On Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th of November, Mr. Goil and Jaromil will give a two-day workshop about free and open source software for video compression and online streaming in the Video Vortex workspace.

In this workshop you will learn about the technical aspects of online-tv, hacking and GNU/GPL applications, such as FreeJ, Icecast en FFmpeg. They will also shed light on projects such as FreiOr, BeTVen Cinelerra which are being presented at the Piksel festival in Norway.

The aim of the workshop is to teach the participants about the the ins and outs of FLOSS systems and how to combine them in order to support audio/visual setup exchange, re-coding and interaction on the net.

Please bring your own laptop along for the workshop!

Date: 23rd and 24th of November 2007
Time: 14.00 -18.00
Location: Netherlands Media Art Institute

November 27 – December 2

Dominik Bartkowski (F & PL), Bareback

The project deals with censorship and internet filtering, displaying how censor ware works and how it generates and influences language on sexuality, desire and lust. A movie generator and video editor show the audience how censorship limits the vision and disclosure of desire. The software is realized as a realtime-generated multimedia video installation based on Linux, ffmpeg, mencoder and Python/PIL.

By deconstructing, morphing, overlapping video images coming from different movies, we are trying to frame our dreams and communicate them through You Tube or Flickr to people around us.
“Deconstructive editing”, is a software for the appropriation of video materials that are downloaded and viewed through the network. Deconstructing video images, combining them with texts, allows to display information in a more individual way, open for a critical or personal approach. It opens a door for a discussion in between, where, filtered codified images and videos could express what the official flow of information is omitting.

Bareback is an alternative tool combining functions of tools for picture analysis like photoshop, text analysis and video editing. It is a project, which is born from a personal frustration regarding Web 2.0 and all the different tools that are available for video editing.

December 11 through 15

FLOSS Manuals
Thursday, December 13: special workshop on ‘PD documentation’ led by Derek Holzer

FLOSS Manuals Workshop #1 : PureData
Derek Holzer and Adam Hyde
Dec 13, 10:00 – 18:00
Free, limited placement (8 maximum)

Derek Holzer is a sound artist with a background in radio, webstreaming and environmental recording. His work focuses on capturing and transforming small, unnoticed sounds from various natural and urban locations, networked collaboration strategies, experiments in improvisational sound and the use of free software such as Pure-Data. He has released tracks under the Nexsound, Sirr, and/OAR and Gruenrekorder labels, and has co-initiated several internet projects for field recording and collaborative soundscapes including

FLOSS Manuals is a community of free documentation writers creating
quality material about how to use free and open source software. Anyone
can contribute via the wiki ( or read
manuals ( online or indexed PDF.

There is also a remix facility so you can make your own manuals
FLOSS Manuals is a not-for-profit foundation based in Amsterdam with many contributors internationally.

December 18 – 22


FattoriaMediale presents two projects in the Video Vortex Workspace: Trading Mercator Stories and the Placewear Project.

Through these projects we intend to provide the audience (residents as well as visitors) with an impression of the Baarsjes and the Bijmer neighborhoods which differs from a guided tour led by a person or suggested by a book. Our approach aims at fostering and supporting social debate and interest in the areas and eventually hopes to stimulate community discussions and awareness. It may also encourage a new style of tourism designed for multicultural and disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Both projects are powered by the Placeware, an open source software platform developed by FattoriaMediale in order to deliver it multimedia location aware experiences to the public.

Trading Mercator Stories

The Trading Mercator Stories (TMS) project is a place based narrative experience that combines stories and places through a location aware mobile display platform. The aim of the TMS project is to communicate the atmosphere, characters, personality and needs of the Baarsjes, a specific urban neighborhood of Amsterdam, characterized by it multicultural population and poor reputation in the media. By interpreting the community’s voice, anecdotes and local color, TMS intends to portray the neighborhood’s stories from the grassroots as opposed to the big-issue histories reported by books and tour guides. TMS aims at interpreting the complex fabric of the neighborhood to uncover its rich and vibrant multiculturalism which flourishes despite its disadvantaged reputation.

Trading Mercator Stories video’s are produced in association with:
Can Oskay, Adem Ozkaya, Hajar Makboul, Youssri Daoudi, Oguz Aogan, Erwin Adriaens (Workshop by Shivalinge), Lotje Terra, Manon Peters, Floortje Zonneveld, Fem Petraeus, Beer van Geer, Simon Muskitta (Students HKU, InsideOut seminar)

Trading Mercator Stories is a FattoriaMediale project funded by Digital Pioneers and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. Trading Mercator Stories was realised with the help and collaboration of Lesley Moore, Mercatorplein Library, Stichting Beeher, Stichting Shivalinge and the KHU students from the InsideOut seminar.

Placewear project

Experience Amsterdam’s Southeast the multimedia way. Your tour guide is a smartphone that presents short audiovisual story fragments. Placewear connects places with the memories and local anecdotes of the Bijlmer inhabitants, changing viewer’s impressions of this neighborhood forever. The Placewear project was developed as a commission to media artist Valentina Nisi as part of the Imagine IC tracks and trails series.

The audiovisual stories were produced in collaboration with Pierre Heijboer, Floortje Zonneveld, Mike Cijntie, Jaap de Vidder and Lisa Hartog.

Placewear is realized by Valentina Nisi in collaboration with FattoriaMediale and Lesley Moore. Sponsored by SKOR, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Stadsdeel Zuidoost, Fonds Europese Unie.

FattoriaMediale is a non-profit foundation managing its own research agenda, art projects, and events. It focuses on digital media and culture to provide novel and thought provoking experiences. The foundation was set up in 2006 by Valentina Nisi and Martine Posthuma de Boer, as a follow up to a successful collaboration in the Locating Stories workshop at the Virtueel Platform

Valentina Nisi is originally a visual artist, but has been focusing on narrative and new media the past 7 years. She has completed a PhD on interactive narrative for mobile technology at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She worked as a researcher at MIT Media Lab Europe and TCD from 2000 till 2006 and then moved to Amsterdam to develop her first screenplay at the Binger Film Lab during the spring 2006 screenwriting course. Since then she has been working as a freelancer in the area of new media and location based stories.

Martine Posthuma de Boer is a cultural producer with a focus on the intersection of new media, education and society. Currently she works for Cinekid as a producer in the educational department. Her current focuses are innovation in new media and education and international networks. Previously Martine worked as a program manager at Virtueel Platform, a network for new media and culture in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has also worked freelance on cultural new media projects.

The third member of the foundation is Ian Oakley. With a background in both psychology and computer science, he spent three years at Media Lab Europe (2001 through 2004) and collaborated with Valentina on an interactive narrative project entitled the Media Portrait of the Liberties. Subsequently he has divided his time between two research posts in South Korea, where he studied multi-modal interfaces, and a healthy amount of rest and recreation in South America, Australasia and Asia. Ian has recently taken an assistant professorship at the University of Madeira as part of a large-scale joint project between Carnegie Mellon University and a range of institutions in Portugal.

January 8 – 12

Seeding Vortex

To start off the year on a creative note, to meet and collaborate,
to influence and inspire, to teach and learn, Sagi Groner and Fredderico Bonelli initiate a ritualized creative media laboratory: the Seeding Vortex.

The Workspace in the Netherlands Media Art Institute will be turned into a a shared experimentation event, from 8-12 January 2008.

A limited number of people can participate and for the first meeting are requested to bring a ‘seed’. The definition of what a seed may be is free, the only limitation is that it is something that can be shown or shared with a group. An idea, a word, an image or an object. The whole team consists of 12 people who are asked to participate in a ritual that is followed by a collective effort to explore the growth of the seeding ideas within the 4 days.

The transformation will be sustained by all the means that can be piled up in the room: computers, video equipment, software, internet, paper & scissors, ideas, voice, music & sound. As many gadgets as possible will be gathered to create a digital cooking pot. The process will be documented on the net and the material outcome will be shown in one form or the other in the Netherlands Media Art Institute.

January 17th

Videodefunct and Showinabox: Hitting vlogging with a hammer

date: Thursday Jan 17 from 12.00 – 17.00
Free, limited placement (10 maximum)
place: Workspace in the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Keizersgracht 264 Amsterdam
Please bring your own laptops to the workshop!

Workshop Vlogging with Seth Keen and Video Defunct Collective

A workshop presented in two parts that looks at vlogging. The videodefunct collective focus on poetic approaches towards the way video is presented and curated by inverting the blog interface. Showinthebox aim to improve vlogging accessibility and aesthetic control with a user-friendly toolkit. Both projects use the open source blogging application WordPress and question whether vlogs need to move beyond the constraints of blogs.

1200 – 1400 Videodefunct (Seth Keen and Keith Deverell)
1400 – 1600 Showinthebox (Jay Dedman & Ryanne Hodson)
1600 – 1700 Vlogging panel discussion

More information:

22-26 January

Workshop by
Space for People: Suggested Fields

Do you fill in the defaults only? What does your form-filling say about you, or what it could be made to tell, if measured in great detail? Database philosophers were once deeply concerned about how field character limits – the number of letters that would fit on each line in the electronic form – would impoverish the self, just like bureaucracy turned people into numbers. People could not describe themselves in such short, mandatory lines. Now there are suggested fields, longer character limits, and free text spaces, with prospects for a more expansive self! The database has more memory. ‘Other,’ that last heading available on the form, standing for anomaly, has become ‘add your own tag,’ helpfully offering a moment of self-definition. The database is warmer, reaching out, asking for more of you.

The govcomgroup will be working in the workspace, and visitors of the exhibition are welcome to join the group, ask questions, discuss and contribute! is an Amsterdam-based Foundation dedicated to developing and hosting info-political tools for the Web, and is supported by users of the Issue Crawler. The Digital Methods Initiative, supported by the Mondriaan Interregeling, is concerned with the techniques of study that are sensitive to the specificities of the new medium. The director of the projects is Richard Rogers. Sabine Niederer and Esther Weltevrede manage the Digital Methods Initiative, and Anne Helmond and Kim de Groot are the analyst-designers, together with Michael Stevenson. Erik Borra is programmer, also for Marieke van Dijk is designer.

More information:

2 February

Workshop by SWAMP Splash about in the deluge of information rising up through the grass-roots

12.00 – 17.00 h.
Location: Netherlands Media Art Institute
Registration via:
Participants will need: laptops with browser, wireless capability

Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow fram will demo VisitorsStudio and introduce participants to its (easy-to-use) tool-set and features.

Using your own files (bring jpg, mp3, swf, flv under 200k) or harvesting files from the net, you can work with others to create and distribute mixes and remixes. The day will end with a live online performance by all participants.

VisitorsStudio ( 2003-) is an networked, many to many, real-time art project created and distributed live in real-time across the Internet. Participants link together at the same time and mix and remix audio-visual files. The VisitorsStudio artware is also an always-on, open, social space. As they work together, live conversations between participants (identified by their moving cursor arrows) become a part of the performance- along with comments and heckling from the audience.

Through VisitorsStudio explores the ongoing expressive and communicative processes of human beings collaborating in new ways in this context, as active agents in the production of the cultural landscape. utilizes networked media to create, explore, nurture and promote the art that happens when connections are made and knowledge is shared%u2015across the boundaries of established art-world institutions and their markets, community-focused artistic and activist projects and communities of socially-engaged software developers. This is a spectrum that engages from the maverick media-art-makers and small collectives of cross-specialist practitioners, to projects that critique and change dominant hierarchical structures as part of their art process. is a London-based artist-led organisation founded in 1996.

The proliferation of commercial but free digital sharing activities associated with Web2.0, subjects the contemporary networked human-being to a deluge of information and expressive culture from all directions, not just from on high (through authorized channels for information, news and culture) but also rising up through vernacular.

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