The City is The City (is the City)

Exploring art and citizen-journalism

19 Jun 2015

In the first flickering moments of the 21st century, luminous as it is unstable, we, its citizens, awake in a new age of data and connectivity. 


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The rise and development of citizen-journalism seen in the Arab Spring, Ukraine, and Ferguson Civil Unrest, is a form of reporting that specifically uses citizen media and user-generated content to construct the news, disrupting the audience-broadcaster divide.

Caught in the cross-fire between a disappearing illusion of privacy and an increasing dependence on networked services and infrastructures, the attitudes we recast towards roles of participation assume a new urgency. Indeed, what has this new world of meta-data and democratized tools offered us if not an opportunity to enact, by implementing resources, techniques, and technologies, new investigations of these tools through artistic response?

We invite you to participate in a 1-day workshop to critically and creatively explore simultaneous networked perspectives with a group of artists, designers, curators, students and journalists at BALTAN Laboratories in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Led by Thinking Digital Arts // Hack organisers, artist Victoria Bradbury and curator Suzy O’Hara, with BALTAN Director Olga Mink, this workshop will result in prototyped projects collaboratively created by workshop participants.

Provocations will be explored through experimentation: How is artistic practice informed by the practical and theoretical challenges that simultaneous networked perspectives present? And how can bringing an anti-disciplinary community together in this experimental format inform current debates?

Workshop* Schedule:
09.30 - 10.00 Tea / Coffee
10:00 - 10.30 Opening Discussion: Resources, Themes + Provocations:
Key Themes: Simultaneous perspectives, chat, local networks, offline file sharing, encrypted browsing, data transfer, mapping, verification threads, comparing sources, open source investigations.
10:30 – 10:50 Introductions + Group formation.
10:50 – 11:45 Project Conceptualization Phase
11:45 – 12:30 In-Progress Presentations
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Prototyping Phase
15:00 Break for Tea + Coffee
15:15 – 17:00 Project Execution
17:00 – 17:30 Project Completion + Installation
17:30 – 18.45 Presentations + Informal Showcase (incl. drinks and nibbles).

*BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop!

Buy your tickets here.